Jaroslav Halak pulled, Rask doesn’t fare much better: On a night in which the B’s secondary scoring finally broke through, it was a cruel twist of fate for Jaroslav Halak to finally appear mortal between the pipes for the Black and Gold. Entering Thursday’s contest with the top save percentage among all starting goalies, Halak simply didn’t have it tonight — surrendering the first goal just 2:46 into the game before getting the hook after four Canucks tallies in the middle stanza.
Granted, two of the four goals scored against Halak in the second were on the power play, but Halak let the game get away in short order — with Vancouver notching consecutive goals against Halak in under two minutes on two separate occasions. Tuukka Rask entered in relief and didn’t offer much of it — surrendering a point shot from Erik Gudbranson just 2:08 after Jake DeBrusk made it a one-goal game in the closing minutes of the second.
It went from bad to worse midway through the third, as a poor clearing attempt from Rask on the power play led to an easy goal from Bo Horvat, who knocked down the puck and fired it into an empty net to make it a 7-4 game. Jake Virtanen scored less than two minutes later to add to the onslaught. With the B’s top six finally starting to click, all Boston needed tonight was a steady effort in net from Halak and Rask. That obviously wasn’t the case.