Rask covers for some rusty teammates in win

Rask covers for some rusty teammates in win
October 4, 2013, 11:15 am
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Tuukka Rask earned an eight-year contract with the Bruins last summer that pulled him into a tie with Pekka Rinne for the highest paid goalie in the NHL, and he started earning those hefty paychecks on opening night.

The Finnish netminder made 32 saves in the 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden, and helped support a team of B’s forwards and defensemen that still clearly seem to searching for their regular season rhythm. In the first period Rask made nearly half of those 32 spots, including a great save on Teddy Purcell just as time was running out in the first period.

“He [Tuukka Rask] made a lot of great saves [with a] couple backdoor [chances]," Dennis Seidenberg said. "I don’t want to say tap-ins, but it was a great chance for them. He moved very fast laterally and made that save.

“Especially in the first period, he saved us from getting scored on. He was really good, again.”

The only chance that beat Rask during the game was a complete defensive breakdown for the Bruins where both Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid were caught pinching in the offensive end. Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell were left to play the role of defensemen on what become a 2-on-1 for Tampa, and a ridiculously easy tap-in for Valtteri Filppula.

Other than that, Rask wasn’t going to be beaten with the aid of a Bruins penalty kill that shut down a pair of full 5-on-3 power plays for the Lightning. The Bruins were a little rusty 5-on-5, however, and finished by getting outshot 33-25 by a young Tampa Bay team that looks like it’s going to take their lumps this season.

“I think we have a lot to do to improve from our side, and play our style of hockey for the full 60,” said Rask. “But we played well for the first game out.”

Rask definitely played well in pushing the Bruins to 1-0 on the season, and now it’s time for some of his teammates to catch up with him.