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Tuukka Rask named NHL's 1st Star for December

Ty Anderson
January 02, 2018 - 4:40 pm

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask ended his year with a bang, and was properly rewarded on Tuesday, as Rask was named the NHL’s First Star for the month of December.

After watching most of November from the bench as a backup to the then-sizzling Anton Khudobin, the 30-year-old Rask rebounded and finished December with an NHL-best .955 save percentage and 1.22 goals against average (minimum six starts), and finished tied for the most wins (six) and shutouts (two) over that span.

Rask has also earned points in his last 11 starts, at 10-0-1, which is the longest such streak of his career, and his 25-save shutout last Saturday was enough for the 40th shutout of his NHL career. Overall, Rask's play helped the Bruins take 22 points in 14 games in December, tied with the Capitals for the most in the NHL. Boston also allowed the fewest goals against in goals in December, surrendering just 25 in 14 games.

It's enough to have pushed Rask up to sixth in save percentage (.923) and second in goals against average (2.13), which is an incredibly impressive climb given where Rask was when December began. 

Given this hot streak, it was a no-brainer to give Rask the first start of the new month, as he’ll be in the crease for Tuesday’s head-to-head in Brooklyn with the Islanders.

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