With the Boston Bruins sitting just four points out of first place overall in the Eastern Conference entering Monday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and all but assured a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs, one key component to the team’s recent success has been goalie Tuukka Rask. After a slow start in which he went 3-8-2 with a 2.85 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage, the Finnish net minder is 27-3-2 with a 2.05 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage, and three shutouts in his last 33 games entering last night.
With just a handful of spring training games left to play, the Boston Red Sox are less than two weeks from opening the season against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. While there will be plenty of returning players from last year’s division winner, one new face will be slugger J.D. Martinez, who signed as a free agent with Boston shortly after the Grapefruit Season began.