Rask dogged by some '[crap] goals' in loss to Blues

Rask dogged by some '[crap] goals' in loss to Blues
February 7, 2014, 9:30 am
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ST LOUIS – When Tuukka Rask is describing more than one goal allowed as a “[crap] goal” chances are he didn’t have a banner night.

So it was for the Finnish netminder, who allowed three goals on 27 shots in the Bruins' 3-2 overtime loss Thursday to the St. Louis Blues on a night he said his team “deserved a better fate.”

And that's certainly true. The Bruins outshot the Blues by a 38-27 margin and really carried the play from about midway through the second period until the end.

Instead they lost it in overtime when T.J. Oshie intercepted a Carl Soderberg pass behind the Boston net, watched the puck bounce off a skate, then pounced on it in front and stuffed it home. It wasn’t a very strong play with the puck by the Big Swede behind the Boston net,  but Rask didn’t have a chance to recover in time to shut off the post.

“I just saw the video on [Jordan Caron’s] phone: Carl tried to rim it, it hit Oshie’s skate and then hit the back of the net before bouncing back on his stick,” said Rask. “Then he banked it off my pad, and went in. I probably needed another half-second to get over there with my blocker. [Crap] goal. I thought we deserved better than that.”

But the real problem was the first goal surrendered by Rask in the first period. The Bruins say it shouldn't have counted, feeling that Maxim Lapierre should have been called for a penalty for rearranging Loui Eriksson’s dental work with a high stick that “bashed in” his teeth. But the infraction went uncalled, and Alex Steen fired a puck from the top of the right face-off circle that went underneath Rask’s blocker on the far stick-side.

It was a goal the B’s goaltender had a clean look at, and one that he should have stopped.

“They didn’t have too much time in the offensive zone,” said Rask. “We really made sure we got the puck out and made good plays, so the credit goes to the [defense]. Steen . . . looked to me like he fanned on it purposefully. His body was facing my glove side, and it was one of those weird releases.

“You’re kind of looking at the blade, reacting to that and then the puck goes a different way. It surprises you. If I blame myself for any of those goals, then that’s the one I should have had. What can you do?”

The effort was far from Rask’s worst game, but it also wasn’t really another step forward after his solid 27-save effort against Vancouver. Instead the B’s goaltender was left to feel that perhaps another save here or there could have been the difference for a team that battled well without absent captain Zdeno Chara against one of the NHL’s best teams.

Now Rask will have a few weeks to forget the “[crap] goals,” as it's expected Chad Johnson will get the final start against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Rask instead will be focused on Olympic play for the next couple of weeks with Team Finland.