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Reports of Tuukka Rask’s decline have been greatly exaggerated

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Be it a win or loss, blowout or one-goal nail-biter, Tuukka Rask tends to not get too high or too low.

That composed and even-keel outlook has helped steel the 34-year-old netminder against the expected ups-and-downs that come with any goalie at the NHL level (and it's helped tune out the outside noise that regularly engulfs the divisive B's goalie). But that level-headed sentiment also sometimes leads to Boston's No. 1 option in net often downplaying some of his own individual accolades or feats he performs between the pipes.

Look no further than Tuesday night's 2-0 win over the Sabres, in which Rask's 32-save shutout was headlined by the 34-goalie committing grand larceny against Dylan Cozens — snatching a rifled biscuit away from open twine at the last second to keep Buffalo off the board.

Rask's athletic stop will likely make the rounds on most "Save of the Year" highlight reels for the 2021 NHL campaign. But for Rask, good fortune mattered just as much as his own ability.

"It's just half skill, half luck, I guess," Rask said. "Kind of a desperation move at that point when you can't push over that side. So just throw anything at the puck you can and hopefully it hits you. Today, it did."

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Perhaps some luck did play a factor in Rask's robbery of Cozens. But Rask's stout play since returning from a lingering upper-body injury has been far from a fluke. And it couldn't come at a better time for a Bruins team that's continuing to pick up steam ahead of another playoff push.