Rask hopes for more action in preseason

Rask hopes for more action in preseason
September 24, 2013, 2:00 am
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It wasn’t a banner exhibition night for Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in any way imaginable.

Sure Rask finished as the winning netminder when the other team from Washington fell flat in a 3-2 overtime loss, but the Bruins goalie only faced 14 shots over the course of three periods plus a partial overtime. It was a pretty lifeless Capitals attack aside from Connor Carrick and Martin Erat, and that meant long stretches of boredom between shots for Boston’s former No. 1 goaltender.

“Well, that’s why you practice too right? Every game is different, as always. Sometimes you don’t get any shots and today was probably one of the worst-case scenarios for a goalie who likes shots,” said Rask. “But it was still a game and you got to learn how to live that that situation.

“I’ll get [another preseason] game. We’ll see how we move forward but I wouldn’t mind it, obviously. I like to play and it doesn’t matter if I get one or not, it’s still – it’s going to be a new season and a little different kind of pace out there once the regular season starts so it would be good to see more action though.”

The Carrick shot was a pure point blast through a lot of body traffic in front of the net, and the Erat score was more a result of a rebounded loose puck in front of the net amid chaos all around him. But it wasn’t enough to have the 26-year-old Rask feeling comfortable to start the regular season against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 3.

So what’s the good news?

Claude Julien and the B’s coaches have planned all along for Rask to also play the preseason finale against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night, when he’ll likely have the expected opening night lineup around him.

“I’m not going to hide that fact that [Rask] is going to play the last game,” said Julien. “We have a week before the season starts after that game so it’s important for him to play that game in Saskatoon.”