WILMINGTON -- Now that Tuukka Rask and the Bruins have successfully moved on from the “Butt Stumble” incident in Game 4 against the New York Rangers, what did the hot-tempered Bruins goaltender really think about falling on his backside at Madison Square Garden?
“It didn’t cost us the game. It certainly got [the Rangers] going, and they took it from there,” said Rask, who has been known to display a fiery personality when things don’t go well for his team out on the ice. “I was mad, but I was madder about the fact that we lost than that I gave up a goal.
“It was an awful mistake, but you realize that those things happen. When it happens to a goalie it looks worse than when it happens to a D-Man or a forward, you know? They fall down all the time, and we’re back there to save their ass. If I fall down then [expletive] hits the fan, you know?"
Rask can laugh about it now, thinking to a play that opened the door for New York's Carl Hagelin to score, and for the Rangers to eventually win their only game of the five-game playoff series.
But there was also more than a hint of very real confidence from Rask, who is boasting a 2.22 goals against average and .928 save percentage entering the biggest playoff series of his career vs. the Penguins.
Stuff certainly hit the fan in Game 4 for Rask against the Rangers, but the series was salvaged. The outcome may not be the same if it happens again against the deadly Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals.