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CHICAGO-- It is hard to criticize a goaltender who stops 59 shots. Tuukka Rask hit a rough patch in the third period allowing two goals and allowing the Boston Bruins lead to disappear, but he was brilliant in the three overtimes. He stopped all eight shots that came his way in the first edition, then turned away 10 more in the second, and followed those two performances up with six more saves in the third. Even the game-winner from Andrew Shaw at 12:08 in the final overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks the win was a deflection that he may have been able to get to.
Even if yes, he did give up the game-tying and game-winning goals, he still turned in a very admirable performance. However, as is expected, he wanted to win the fifth-longest overtime game in the history of the Stanley Cup Final and was in a reflective state of mind following the game, knowing that a Game 1 win was in his team’s grasp.
"We had the game," said Rask.
"We were up 3-1 in the third, then a terrible turnover leads to a second goal and then a tough bounce leads to the tying goal. We just gave it away."
It will be interesting to see how he follows up this performance in Game 2. Will he be fatigued from three overtimes, or will he continue to be locked in? One thing is for sure: Chicago will not go down without a fight, and because of this, Rask will need to be on his game once again.