Rask bounces back from poor Vancouver effort with shutout

Rask bounces back from poor Vancouver effort with shutout
December 18, 2013, 1:15 am
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Tuukka Rask was coming off a game he wasn’t exactly proud of after getting pulled from a game for the first time this season in Vancouver.

The Finnish netminder allowed four goals to the Canucks while looking sluggish in the blowout loss, and was still feeling the effects of a flu bug that caught both Rask and backup Chad Johnson during the Western Canada trip. But Rask looked energetic and much more like himself in Tuesday night’s 2-0 shutout win over the Calgary Flames at TD Garden.

Rask finished with 21 saves in his third shutout of the season, and was at his best early in the game when Calgary stormed Boston early while squeezing off nine of their 21 shots in the first 20 minutes.

For me, I just tried not to get pulled twice in a row, I guess. It was a pretty good effort for the most part,” said Rask. “You want to feel good out there and give your team a chance to win. That’s the only thing I’m looking for when I go out there.

“I don’t look at those facts, or keep it going more than just feeling good and giving our team a chance to win. It feels good to get a win like this; we’re not knowingly scoring a lot of goals, and I know I’ve got to keep the goal totals low if we want to have a chance to win.”

Rask did just that with the extra-low goal total of zero, but that was no surprise to his coach given the way he’s always bounced back from a poor effort with a strong one.

“He’s had a few bad games like every other goaltender, but he bounces back and he’s been solid for us all year long. He’s having another great year,” said Claude Julien. “So I can’t say enough of how well he’s played, and how good he’s been through the whole thing from the time he was watching Tim [Thomas] play. When he got his chance he was ready for it.”

Rask is now 17-8-2 with a 1.90 goals against average and a .934 save percentage in 27 games for the Bruins this season, and once again bounced back from a humbling experience, this time in Vancouver.