Sometimes for an NHL goaltender, it would seem that being lucky is just as important as being great at stopping the puck.
For Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask, who on Friday was announced as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, his first bit of good fortune, you might argue, was being dealt away from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Landing softly in a Bruins organization where he first backed up Tim Thomas — and won a Stanley Cup in that job — allowed him to develop as an NHLer. By the time Thomas had his celebrated meltdown, Rask was ready to step into the starter’s role.
And now for the latest big break: Thriving in one of the best defensive operations going in the league.
The progression has been strong and steady and has included another trip to the Cup final last spring, followed up by playing a key role in leading the Bruins to the Presidents’ Trophy this season.