A Canadian. A Finn. A rookie. A veteran. On paper, Stanley Cup final goaltenders Jordan Binnington and Tuukka Rask had little in common. But they shared one common trait that may have carried them within a few feet of hockey’s highest summit.
Between the AHL and the NHL, Binnington played 48 regular-season games. Rask: 46. They crusaded to the final with light workloads. For Binnington, just 25 and in his physical prime, a relatively low number of games may not have mattered a ton, but for Rask, 32, there’s evidence a more restful season than usual made a massive difference in his spring play.
Rask’s 45 starts in the regular season made up 54.9 percent of Boston’s schedule, giving him his smallest chunk of the goaltending pie since 2011-12, when he was Tim Thomas’ backup. According to Br...
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