Bruins feel for their goalie after Tuukka Rask falls on hard luck again
|10.24.10 at 12:50 am ET|
Two games, two losses, and quite a few flukey goals. That’s Tuukka Rask’s season in a nut shell.
The Bruins netminder allowed three goals in the Bruins’ 3-1 loss to the Rangers, the first two of which came in the flukiest of manners that, while the third came on a breakaway.
It’s a bit odd how reminiscent of the season-opener Saturday was as far as the bounces Rask got. The goaltender admitted that the first goal he allowed, an Artem Anisimov tally off a bouncing rebound that was nearly a high stick, had him in brief state of disbelief.
“You haven’t played [since Oct. 9] and then that happens, you’re like ‘holy [smokes],’” Rask admitted. “You can’t start thinking about that. You’ve got to keep the game tight and try to save the next one, but obviously it was a tough break.”
Rask made it clear in talking with reporters that for whichever of the many reasons — the time off, the lucky bounces, the team’s now semi-habit of underperforming in the earlygoing of games started by him — he was not going to make excuses. That didn’t stop his teammates from coming to his defense after the game.
“We kind of left him out to dry both times he’s been in net and haven’t gotten great starts and got down both times he was in net,” Milan Lucic said following the game. “You can’t say anything bad about his game tonight. He played well for us. He kept us in it. He kept it 3-2 the whole way, and he gave us a chance.”
The Bruins have scored at least three goals in each of the games started by Tim Thomas and have averaged 3.5 goals per Thomas start. The team has come out flat in each of Rask’s starts, and the offense they eventually muster hasn’t proven to be enough.
“It’s been tough,” Nathan Horton, who has three of the Bruins’ four goals in games started by Rask, said. “We’re probably not going to win the game [when it happens]. We know it’s going to be close, but we want to get more than two goals, hopefully. If not, we want to keep them to less than two. He’s played good, he’s made some good stops too, and we’ve just got to help him out a little bit more.”
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