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Kalman: Zeroes Under Pressure Prove Rask Is Mr. Cool, Smooth Hero

by on June 8, 2013

Originally posted on CBS Boston:

BOSTON (CBS) — The series ended with the puck landing right where it belonged, considering how the entire Eastern Conference finals had unfolded.

With time ticking down in regulation, Jarome Iginla’s blast from the high slot went down the middle until it settled in Tuukka Rask’s glove just as time expired in regulation.

And with that last save, his 134th on 136 shots in the series, Rask clinched a 1-0 victory in Game 4 Friday night at TD Garden and a sweep of a Penguins team that entered the series averaging more than four goals per game through the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In limiting Pittsburgh to just two goals in four games, Rask compiled a .985 save percentage and 0.44 goals-against average. You pretty much need a microscope to see a flaw in the 26-year-old’s play right now.

In the days between now and when…

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