Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask entered the club’s record book on Monday night, though it was for his offensive abilities rather than his puck stopping ones.
Rask picked up assists on David Pastrnak and Zdeno Chara’s goals during a 4-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets to set a new team record for points in a game by a Bruins goaltender.
He also stopped 34 of 35 shots faced during the game, which saw Boston move up to third in the Atlantic Division.
Monday night’s victory was Rask 332nd career game and 169th win as a member of the Boston Bruins, moving him one step closer to Tim Thomas (378 games) in fifth place on the franchise’s list of games played by a goaltender, and to Eddie Johnston who currently sits fifth on the Bruins’ All Time Wins list with 180.
Tiny Thompson is the club record holder in both games played (468) and wins (252). Thompson also registered the most shut outs in Bruins history, recording 74 between 1928 and 1939. Rask currently has 30 career shut outs, good for fourth on the all time list, one behind former team mate Thomas and five behind second placed Frank Brimsek.
Rask currently boasts the highest save percentage (0.924) in team history and is second to Thompson in goals against average (2.24 to Thompson’s 1.99).
The 29-year-old Finn won both of his starts for the Bruins during their recent three game road trip, besting Columbus on opening night before Monday’s game against Winnipeg. Backup goaltender Anton Khudobin started in the Bruins other game, a 4-1 loss in Toronto.
Boston’s next game will be their 2016-17 home opener against New Jersey on Thursday.