The Boston Bruins are undoubtedly blessed to have a world-class goaltender in Tuukka Rask manning their crease. On Saturday, Rask sparkled in net, as Finland defeated the United States to earn the bronze medal in Sochi.
Rask recorded a shutout, propelling Finland to a 5-0 win. He was flawless for the full sixty minutes and provided his teammates with numerous key saves along the way. Rask turned aside 27 U.S. shots in total and 11 in the first period alone.
The U.S. was awarded with a pair of penalty shots in the tilt. Patrick Kane attempted both of them. On the first attempt, Rask forced Kane to the outside of the cage and the puck slide wide and off the boards. In Kane’s second attempt, Rask cut down his shooting angle and he rang the puck off the post.
Rask’s rebound control was excellant. He limited the U.S. second chance scoring opportunties and was fundamentally sound with his positioning in net. The U.S. had very little to shoot at, as Rask forced the oppostion to try and pick the hard to hit spots of the net. Time after time the U.S. hit nothing but high glass, in large part thanks to Rask.
The Finnish goaltender was absent from Friday’s loss to Sweden. That game could have arguably turned out much differently if Rask had particpated. With the sharpness he exhibited against the U.S. and the explosiveness their offense executed with, we can only wonder whether Rask would have led Finland to the gold.
Finland’s bronze medal marks their fourth medal in the last four Olympu