The Bruins have the best goaltending duo in Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak. Their exceptional play can make up for a lack of offense from this Bruins squad each game. Tuukka Rask has been dealing with a lower-body injury and hasn’t started since March 7th. Although he is on the roster for the current road trip, he isn’t available to play just yet. With that, the Bruins now turn to rookie goaltender Dan Vladar for goaltending help.
Dan Vladar has had an exceptional career in the Bruins farm system. He has played the majority of his career in Providence for the Providence Bruins. His first taste of NHL action came in the playoffs last year. That was not a good position for him as he was put in during a blowout to Tampa Bay in game three. Tonight, he gets his first career start against the red hot Pittsburgh Penguins.
#NHLBruins pregame updates per Bruce Cassidy:
Daniel Vladar will make his first career start in goal.
Oskar Steen will make his NHL debut. He'll sub in for Anders Bjork alongside Nick Ritchie and Charlie Coyle.
Tuukka Rask skated again today and is "trending well." pic.twitter.com/fFDpXu4AuO
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 16, 2021
Dan Vladar needs to channel his inner veteran goalie to get his team a much-needed win tonight. He seemed to channel his inner Tim Thomas on one particular save. With the Bruins up 1-0 in the first period, Vladar did the impossible. There was a wide-open net for Penguins forward Colton Sceviour. It seemed like it would be a tie game, but not for Darth Vladar. He reaches back with his paddle and gets a piece of the puck to keep it from going in the net. Watch the incredible save below. This has the potential to be the save of the year.
Dan Vladar denies Colton Sceviour. What a stop. pic.twitter.com/nzvNvu0W6O
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) March 16, 2021