The Boston Bruins were able to come out on top against the Washington Capitals in Game Two tying the series up at one game apiece. It was the perfect display of what playoff hockey is all about.
Monday’s matchup was full of physicality, tension, and plenty of goals. Luckily for Bruins fans, Boston was able to score more than the Caps.
Now, this isn’t to say that the B’s played a perfect game. There are definitley some concerns but overall it was a great night for the Bruins. Now Boston will look to take the series lead when they come home to the TD Garden on Wednesday night. They have a real opportunity to take control of the series.
So here are three observations from the Bruins Game Two win over the Capitals.
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Boston Bruins: 3 takeaways from wild Game 2 win over Washington: Tuukka Rask is not to blame
After Game One, Bruins fans lost their minds and decided to blame Tuukka Rask for the loss when in reality he was the reason that they were able to get to overtime in the first place. Even though Boston was able to win on Monday, fans still were upset with Rask.
Particularly the second goal that Rask gave up was critiqued by Rask’s haters as one that he should have stopped. In a similar vein to the game-winning goal in Game One, fans would like Rask to make the stop but you also have to factor in that basically all of the players on the ice were in front of Rask.
At the end of the day, it’s hard to blame Rask for these goals. Fans should be getting upset at Boston’s blue line for not clearing the traffic in front of the goaltender. It’s pretty hard to stop a shot if you can’t see it.
Rask stopped over 36 shots on the night. He did everything that you could have asked of him. Boston needs to continue to stick with Rask as he gives the Bruins the best chance to win.
So don’t blame Tuukka Rask for any of Boston’s struggles. He has actually been one of the best players on the ice for the Bruins. If anything Rask deserves more praise as he has been a key factor to Boston’s success so far in this first-round series against the Capitals.