BOSTON -- Could it be that Tuukka Rask is mortal after all?
The Boston Bruins goaltender had turned in a superhuman performance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs prior to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night at TD Garden. Rask had surrendered one goal to the Chicago Blackhawks in his prior two games and had a shutout streak of 122:26 dating to the second period of Game 2. With his performance through three games, he had taken over the League lead in save percentage (.946) and goals-against average (1.64) for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Then Game 4 happened.
Michal Handzus snapped Rask's shutout streak at 129:14 with a shorthanded goal 6:48 into the game, and Brent Seabrook scored on the last of the 47 shots Rask faced in the Blackhawks' 6-5 overtime victory that evened the best-of-7 series 2-2 heading back to United Center for Game 5 Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).