No matter what Tuukka Rask does in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, he’ll likely always hear something along the lines of, “Well, Tim Thomas was better in 2011.”
But that, like most things in life, probably is unfair.
Thomas, of course, was on a different planet in 2011, standing on his head for roughly two months while leading the Bruins to a Stanley Cup title. The Vermont product deservedly won the Conn Smythe Award for his efforts.
But Rask, who earned another win Monday night in Boston’s Stanley Cup Final Game 1 victory over the St. Louis Blues, has been even better through 18 games than his former teammate was during that magical spring. At least, that’s what the stats say.
Check out this tweet from Boston Sports Info:
Hey, numbers don’t lie.
Ultimately, it does a disservice to both Thomas and Rask to compare their respective performances. We’re talking about different goalies with different styles who played behind different teammates and against different opponents during completely different hockey time periods. Both players deserve enormous credit for playing at the top of their games when it mattered most.
Rask and the Bruins now hold a 1-0 edge over the Blues in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final. Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET at TD Garden.