Rask improved to 10-1-0 while grabbing his third shutout of the season as the Boston Bruins beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 on Sunday.*
Carey Price? He’s sitting at 10-0-0 with two shutouts and impeccable individual stats. So far, Rask and Price are both enjoying rebound seasons – one from inconsistency, the other from injury – and their teams clearly see the difference when they’re not around.
The Bruins are 10-1-0 with Rask in net and 0-5-0 without him. It’s not too shocking that Claude Julien elected to have Rask start back-to-back games this weekend, a gamble that paid off handsomely. He was perfect tonight and only allowed one goal against the Coyotes on Saturday.
Much like Price, Rask is making early-season franchise history for his team.
Want a quick side-by-side look at two of the top goalies in 2016-17 so far? Here you go:
Rask: 10-1-0, 308 shots faced, .945 save percentage, 1.54 GAA, three shutouts
Price: 10-0-0, 323 shots faced, .957 save percentage, 1.40 GAA, two shutouts
Tough to find two better starts than those, right?
Rask and the Bruins now get a break … their next game isn’t until Thursday.
Maybe there’s a slight concern that Rask will cool off a bit with such a breather, but considering his potential workload, he could probably use the break.
And maybe it will give more people time to realize how special his play has been so far.
* – Semyon Varlamov was superb on Sunday, by the way, making 45 out of 46 saves while Rask only needed 20 stops for a shutout. Sometimes hockey is cruel, especially when a goalie like Rask or Price is in the other net.