That’s because Tuukka Rask submitted his own “save of the year” candidate for consideration on Thursday night as the Bruins took on the Sabres. With Boston holding onto a two-goal lead and Buffalo on the power play in the third period, Evan Rodrigues had a golden opportunity to cut that lead in half as a rebound opportunity rolled to him with Rask out of position. Rodrigues had plenty of net to shoot at and he let one rip. It felt like it was going to be a sure goal.
But then Rask did this:
After losing his stick in the chaos, Rask made a desperation lunge back across the crease and managed to grab the shot with his blocker hand. Yes, his blocker hand. It sounds ridiculous because it is.
That save would end up being a a pivotal one, as the Bruins would go on to win by a final score of 3-2. Had Rask failed to make the insane save, overtime likely would have been in the cards.
When asked about the highlight after the game, the Bruins goaltender basically said he couldn’t even believe it himself.
All Rodrigues could do was offer a tip of the cap.
“It’s arguably the save of the year,” said the Sabres forward, via Joe Yerdon. “You just tip your hat but yeah, that was something else.”
It seems that this one might be tough to beat moving forward, but we also said that two days ago.