Before life came to a halt, the Boston Bruins were savoring their success in the 2019-20 season. The Bruins were the best team in the Eastern Conference, as they carried a 44-14-12 record and 100 points. Even so, Boston fans resumed their love-hate relationship with goaltender Tuukka Rask.
No matter how well the Bruins play, the fan base still voices their displeasure for Rask, even though he's proven to be one of the better netminders in the NHL today. B's star defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara took to Instagram to shut down the hate and place his full support behind Rask.
Chara's not having any of this slander, and he's 100% correct in his assessment of his teammate.
Rask is seen as a failed goalie, mostly due to his inability to win a Stanley Cup as the team's starter. The Bruins hoisted the cup with Tim Thomas (of all people) in net in 2011, but when Rask led them to the Finals in 2013 and 2019, they ended up on the losing end to the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues, respectively.
The blame can't be placed fully on Rask. In 89 career playoff games, he carries a 50-39 record, but has an impressive .927 save percentage and 2.19 goals against average. Those numbers don't equate to a goalie who can't win the big one. Rather, it's his team letting him down in crunch time.
No matter your thoughts, Chara is fully behind Rask, aka "Boston's Wall."