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Analysis: Tuukka Rask’s performance in Game 4 was better than you think

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When analyzing Tuukka Rask’s winning performance from Game 4 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, turns out he was even better than first thought. Many of his 31 saves weren’t highlight-reel caliber, but it was the timely stops that proved crucial.

Rask did exactly what elite goaltenders need to do during the Stanley Cup playoffs – steal a game.

That’s something he hasn’t been able to accomplish on a consistent basis in past postseason runs, so the fact that he stole a game in the first round bodes well for the Bruins. His performance allowed the Bruins to take a 3-1 series lead with the opportunity to close it out on home ice Saturday night at TD Garden.