BOSTON – Observers at Bruins morning skate on Wednesday morning dropped to DEFCON One when Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask appeared to take a Shawn Thornton shot off the collarbone area, and then go into something between a spasm of pain and a full-blown nutty.
The 26-year-old left the crease area and slammed his stick against the boards near the home bench, and sat out a few minutes before returning to finish his drills. The Thornton shot did catch Rask in a sensitive part of the neck area, but the Finnish goalie’s histrionics were nothing new to those that cover Rask on a regular basis. Earlier this season Rask had a humorous meltdown in Ottawa during an off-day practice, and he suffered from shootout rage while swinging his stick and falling down after a shootout loss to Montreal back in February.
“He's fine. I just didn't want him falling in front of the door when he went out of his crease, and I told him you're making me look bad,” said an amused Claude Julien. “I told everybody you were normal, but I did tell [the media] you had a temper, so you're okay.’
“No issues [with Rask].”
The Bruins goaltender is boasting a 1.99 goals against average and a .935 save percentage, and has been marvelous in each of the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals. And he is, after all, a goaltender.
But the Bruins were breathing a sigh of relief when it was just a standard run-of-the-mill Rask meltdown, rather than watching their Conn Smythe-level goaltender fall victim to some fluke injury just when Boston looks like they’re ready to take off to much bigger and better things.