Far too often lately, Tuukka Rask hasn’t been able to make the game-changing save.

But Rask -- who had a less-than-stellar .912 save percentage since Jan. 1 entering Tuesday night's matchup against the Canucks -- may have turned things around against Vancouver.

Not only did he make 27 stops in the 3-1 win over the Canucks, but he pulled off a pad save on a Daniel Sedin shorthanded breakaway that could have changed everything in the decisive second period. While he made a couple of other big stops, as well, none was as meaningful as stoning Sedin on a bid that could have tied the game, and then watching Jarome Iginla score a power-play goal in a big two-goal swing sequence that gave Boston a 2-0 lead. Even better, Rask saved the collective bacon of both Milan Lucic and Torey Krug, whose collision opened up a free path to the net for Sedin.

“Those are usually the momentum-changers and game-changers,” said Rask. “You want to make that save more often than not. Today, it was good that I did and we scored right after. That was really huge.

“We were kind of just curling around and being a little sloppy there and then fell apart there with a couple of guys colliding. You can’t be happy with that on a power play. [You’ve] got to be better than that.”

For coach Claude Julien, that play was a difference-maker in the game . . . and perhaps signaled that his No. 1 goaltender is finally starting to feel like himself again.