Tuukka Rask: ‘As a team I thought it wasn’t our best defensive game’
|06.20.13 at 3:06 am ET|
When you give up six goals in a Stanley Cup finals game, you’re not going to feel real good about your performance. But Tuukka Rask knows enough that when the Bruins allow six goals, it’s more of a defensive breakdown than anything else.
Rask allowed a playoff-high six goals Wednesday night, including the overtime game-winner by Brent Seabrook 10 minutes into the extra period as the Bruins lost Game 4, 6-5, and watched as the Blackhawks won back home ice advantage in the series.
“It's not fun, but we battled back many times, didn't make it easy on ourselves,” Rask said. “At the end of the day, it's a one-goal game. They get it. We just made it too tough on ourselves. Not our best night.”
Rask faced several odd-man rushes that led to scoring chances or loose rebounds, like the one that Patrick Kane finished in the second period on a backhander that left Rask sprawling across his crease, trying to stop the shot in vain.
“The got a lot of shots through and a lot of second opportunities,” Rask said. “You know, you let six goals as a goalie, you can't be satisfied, but as a team I thought it wasn't our best defensive game.”
As for the Seabrook winner from the right point, Rask was fighting through traffic provided by Jonathan Toews in front. By the time he saw the puck, it was ticketed far side and Rask had no chance of stopping it.
“I saw it at the last second,” Rask said. “There was some traffic in front, just couldn't make a stretch.”
It wasn’t just the fact the Bruins were outshot 47-33. The Blackhawks made good on their promise to make it harder on Rask, who was on pace to set a new Bruins postseason record for fewest goals against and save percentage.
“They just got shots through,” Rask said. “I wasn't able to make saves or we weren't able to block shots. They got those rebounds, that makes the difference.”
When the Bruins fell behind by two goals twice in the second period and the game opened up, Rask knew what was in store.
“It's a 10-goal game after three, so I think both teams were kind of not playing their best defensively,” Rask said. “Just try to attack, attack and hope that the other team makes a mistake. Today, it was us.
“It's always hard. Every game is different. Sometimes you feel more comfortable than the other nights and today they had a lot of ' we had a lot of breakdowns and they got two-on-ones, breakaway, stuff like that. It's just a battle out there. Sometimes you just feel more comfortable than the others.”
Certainly, coming into Wednesday’s Game 4, no one anticipated 11 goals, considering there had been 12 total goals scored in the previous three games.
“Yeah, I don't think anybody expected that before the game, but they're a good offensive team when you give them goals and they get the lead,” Rask said. “Then, obviously, you have to start opening up too and creating some offense. That's what happened. I think if you take something positive out of this, you've got to look at the fact that we scored five goals.
“Obviously it stings right now, but we've got to be happy that we scored five goals and take that with us and be better defensively. Regroup tomorrow or whenever, and be better next game.”
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