Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was crowned the best at his position Tuesday night at the NHL awards in Las Vegas. In being recongnized for his outstanding efforts between the pipes, Rask was awarded with the 2014 Vezina Trophy.
After closely analyzing Rask’s season stats, it’s fairly obvious why he was deemed top dog. Rask posted a 36-15-6 record, a .930 save percentage and a 2.04 goals-against average.
Rask ranked first among goalies in save percentage and he finished second in goals-against. His playoff numbers were equally impressive, despite Boston’s premature exit. Rask’s goals-against average in the playoffs was 1.99 in 12 games played.
The 27-year-old Finn had an immense amount of pressure on him having signed an 8-year contract worth $56 million heading into the season. Rask earned every penny of his salary this past year, proving why he’s indeed worthy of the top dollars.
Rask’s dominant showing at the Winter Olympics instilled him with a great deal of confidence. It then fueled his play down the stretch. The Bruins were nearly unbeatable during that time.
Bruins great Tim Thomas was the last Boston netminder to win the award. He did so in 2009 and 2011. Rask learned from one of the greats and he’s now blossomed into one himself.