It’s amazing what 17 seconds can do. In that span of time you can run to the bathroom and wash up, you can microwave some leftovers or you can lose the chance to extend the Stanley Cup the a seventh game and watch your season die before your eyes. For Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask, there was no sink near him on Monday night and there won’t be any leftovers.
Rask allowed two Blackhawks goals in under 20 seconds to first allow the tie and then allow the game winning goal to get past him in lighting fast time. After the game, the Bruins goalie expressed obvious shock at what happened and still simply could not believe the series of events that led to his season ending.
Tuukka on Chicago’s 2 quick goals to win it: it’s shocking…sometimes momentum builds and that’s what happened ^CS
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 25, 2013
It was truly one of the most wild and memorable finishes to a hockey game we’ve ever seen, let alone a way to end the Stanley Cup Finals. The way things had been going all series long, it appeared that we were going to head to yet another overtime but the Blackhawks pulled out a last minute twist on us all and ended the game in a way that was both completely unlike what we’d seen up to that point, yet oddly fitting.
It was a fast and loose series that was physical and brooding at times, while still being wild and fantastical at the same time. The end of the series personified all of those things and Rask isn’t the only one still with his mouth agape wonder just what in the heck happened.