Re: Enough....8 goals against in the last 2 games.....drng dring. Mr Khudo are you ready ???
posted at 3/7/2013 12:11 PM EST
Not defending the thread starter, and not pining for Khudo to save the day either...HOWEVER
1. How many times did TT save the Bruins, steal wins, or even make what should have been another team's rout over B's become a 2-1 game? A lot
2. How many times did TT blow a 3-0 lead in a game? Answer, I don't know, but I'm guessing in his final few years as a B almost never.
3. Rask? Has he stolen a game in all of the B's wins? Yes, in one shootout and I think there was one other regulation win where he was spectacular.
When the B's take a 3-0 lead, and then stop playing hockey, and it happens, you have to rely on your goalie to make a big save late in a game. A big stop to stop the bleeding so to speak. This is where the B's miss TT. Would the B's have won 3-2 in regulation with TT in goal? All speculation, but I'd say this is the type of game that he would have kept the B's from losing. Whether it was getting it to the shootout or preventing the 3rd goal after 2 went in. He was always that safety valve for the team.
Defensively, TT had rarely had the type of play the B's have exhibited consistently this year in keeping the shots down on the goalies. The B's have been outstanding most of this season and hit a lull the last few games, breakdowns that are inexcusable. Yes, the defense collapsed, the forwards stopped playing in the 3rd periods and all of that is a big part of why the B's lost to Washington and lost to Montreal after holding leads in both. But despite what I feel is this blind faith in Tuuka that most of you give him, I think he has a tendency to choke late in big games. This 3-0 choke reminded me of the Philly choke and I'm sorry, it still is something that looms on the horizon as the team gets ready for the Playoffs. Tuuka relies on his defense and is a prototypical 2000s goalie. He's better than most, but not as good as probably about 5 off the top of my head currently in the league. He has yet to prove to me that he can take over a game, or keep the other team from taking a game away from the B's when they do have these defensive breakdowns. He simply gives up the goals, good, solid plays by the opponent so they aren't on Rask, but on the defense. Yet, TT probably saved Seidenberg, Ference and others countless times in countless games over the last few years. Rask does not have that ability.
That is the biggest difference between the B's goaltending with TT and without. The confidence factor as an observer, for me as a fan, is not good. And that shouldn't be the case, but I was spoiled by TT's flamboyant, show-stopping, game-saving abilities. I have to get used to the fact that the B's will not have anything close to him, maybe never again. Rask is like Andy Moog, a better-than-average goalie, good resume, solid when his team defends the rink, but in a big game, isn't going to save the day or save the game. He will let up the goal when the team breaks down. TT was the guy who didn't do that, the guy who because of that ability was the big reason why the team won the Stanley Cup. Bill Ranford as an Oiler made the big saves, the type that you shake your head at. I hope Rask can prove to me that he can backstop the team to the Cup. But believe this, the team has little margin for error. They either play super, solid defense and not have breakdowns on 2-on-1s or backdoor plays, or they aren't going very far. Rask will only be as good as his defense. TT was often BETTER