Rask looks to show resiliency after tough outing

Rask looks to show resiliency after tough outing
June 22, 2013, 3:15 pm
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One player the Bruins don’t have any concerns about headed into Game 5 is Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, who has been locked in from the very start of the playoffs with few exceptions.

Rask did allow six goals in a high scoring overtime loss on Wednesday night that evened the Stanley Cup Final at 2-2, and is statistically his worst game of the postseason by a wide margin. Truthfully, the final goal allowed to Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook for the overtime game-winner was the only score that Rask probably should have made the play on.

But still the Bruins goaltender along with Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and Patrice Bergeron will have something to prove going into Game 5, and that’s when all of those players are at their most dangerous.

“[We’re] really confident. I think that’s one of our good qualities as a team,” said Rask, who has a 1.83 goals against and a .941 save percentage through 20 playoff games for the Bruins. “We never let things bother us.

“[There’s] nothing special. [You] just move on. Take the good things, focus on the positive things and negative things, and see what you got to improve. That’s about it.”

It’s simple, but effective for the Finnish netminder. To wit, Rask has yielded four or more goals on five occasions this postseason, but has bounced back from each of those lackluster performances to post a 4-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average and .959 save percentage in the ensuing games.

Julien didn’t single out Rask, but collectively sent out a clarion call to all Bruins players that they need to be better if they’re planning to pull ahead in the best-of-seven series.

“We had maybe a tougher outing last game. That's not to say, again, we didn't compete and we weren't in it, because we were. It took an overtime goal to decide the game,” said Claude Julien. “But I don't think we felt we were as good as we could be, and that's what guys are saying right now. We'd like to be a little bit better as a team throughout the whole game, and that's what we're going to strive for [in Game 5].”

If Rask continues on his current form after subpar games, then the Bruins will no worries about their play between the pipes.