It takes an awful lot to get Tuukka Rask to snap.
But like milk crates and Cory Conacher before him, Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway found out what happens when Rask loses it, as the 34-year-old delivered about four blocker jabs to Hathaway on the bottom of a net-front pile-up.
Tuukka Rask - not a fan of Garnet Hathaway: pic.twitter.com/ftJldo5yoi— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) May 20, 2021
Rask was clearly bothered not just by Hathaway crashing into him and his net, but by a motion that saw Hathaway take Rask’s helmet off his head. That sequence even featured Rask arguing with the officials once he stopped throwing rights, too, with Rask mouthing, “Oh, no way” in response to something that the referees had said to him.
“Just protecting myself,” Rask said. “I’m not surprised there’s not a penalty. It’s gonna take a lot for them to call anything. So I figured I’d let him know if he comes close, maybe I’ll give him a couple too many. I don’t know, that’s what the ref thought.”
It was just another spirited sequence in a nearly 86-minute contest that came with stops on 35 of 37 shots faced for his second straight postseason victory, and with Rask’s 2021 save percentage jumping from .915 to .926 in the process.
With the win, Rask tied Gerry Cheevers for the most playoff wins in franchise history, with 53.
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