Rask loses battle of goaltenders in Winnipeg


Rask loses battle of goaltenders in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG It wasnt a bad outing at all for Tuukka Rask.

The Bruins backup goaltender stopped 33 shots and was spectacular through portions of the third period while he held the Winnipeg attack at bay, but the moral of the story was that the young netminder was one mistake worse than Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec in a 2-1 loss at the MTS Centre.

Rask was forced into being spectacular if he wanted to win, but he was instead very good behind a team that couldn't score enough going for him.

It was a well-played game from both sides. They definitely played us hard. Both goaltenders were outstanding and Rask did a great job of making saves to keep us in the game at times, said Claude Julien. I thought he was good. When you dont play on a regular basis youve got to give him a chance to get into it. He made some unbelievable saves at the end to keep us in there.

The other goaltender was very good at the other end as well, so it was a good goaltender battle tonight.

There were defensive breakdowns by Joe Corvo in front of the net in both goals surrendered by Rask in defeat, but there was some level of culpability on the Bs goalies part as well. The first goal came off an Andrew Ladd rush down the left side of the ice that saw Corvo back way off the attacker giving him plenty of time and space to measure his shot.

Ladd fired a short side up high that completely fooled Rask and put the Bruins into a hole. Perhaps Rask was rusty, given the length of time since his last start, but it was surely a stop that hed like to have back.

You could tell we werent as fresh or sharp as we have been lately, said Rask. But we had plenty of chances and Pavelec played a great game. A loss is always a loss and we just need to move forward now.

Thats the way things stayed for the remainder of two periods through some heavy offensive threats by Ladd, Evander Kane and the hustling Jim Slater, but Boston finally broke through with a little offense for Rask in the third period.

Thornton redirected a puck thrown by Daniel Paille at the net, and gave Boston a whiff of potential victory. Unfortunately things opened right back up for Winnipeg. The Jets went right on the power play due to a David Krejci roughing penalty, and Bryan Little cruised through to finish off a face-off victory with a game-winning goal from the backhanded to the forehand.

Rask was protecting pass in front on the 2-on-1 rush led by Little, and the Winnipeg forward pushed a shot through the five-hole to the delight of frenzied home crowd for the Jets. The Bruins still had most of the third period and Milan Lucic had a handful of golden chances including one shot that bounced off the helmet of Pavelec in front of the net but Rask and Boston ended up falling in a defeat that dropped his personal record to 4-4-1 on the season.

It looked like it was going to be a one-goal game all the way to the end, said Rask. We played a pretty good game, but you cant win them all right? I hate losing, but you win some and you lose some. Youve just got to shake it off.

The Bruins will shake things off Thursday night with a showdown against an upstart Florida Panthers team serving as yet another Eastern Conference challenge for the reigning champs.

Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team


Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while saying RIP Vine but not really feeling it since it’s a rabbit hole I never really delved down into. 

*Down Goes Brown celebrates the “NHL’s old guys”, and yes, that means a gratuitous shout out to Zdeno Chara as the top defenseman on the All-Graybeard squad. 

*Hampus Lindholm has signed a long term deal with the Anaheim Ducks, so now that deal leaves everybody to wonder who is leaving the Anaheim roster in the eventual salary cap crunch. It will be interesting to see if this hastens any Cam Fowler trade talk as far as the Bruins are concerned because it looks like they need the help.  

*Pro Hockey Talk has the Oilers off to their best start since the Wayne Gretzky Era and people in Edmonton finally getting to see the hockey they’ve been waiting for over the past few years. 

*In honor of the Halloween season that we’re in, here are a few cool and scary goalie masks with a bit of spooky flair. 

*Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is confident that his young team is going to rebound after a rough start to the season. 

*Speaking of creative uniforms, it’s a most wonderful time of the year for hockey when they bust out their Oktoberfest sweaters. 

*For something completely different: this matchup of Peanuts and Stranger Things hits all the right notes for fans of both. 


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?

While the good news is that it doesn’t appear that Tuukka Rask is dealing with a knee injury, there are still some significant muscular issues to work with concerning his left leg. 

According to former Bruins defenseman and NHL analyst Aaron Ward on CSN’s Great American Hockey Show podcast, the Bruins franchise goaltender has been dealing with a hamstring issue that’s also become a hamstring and groin issue as he tried to play through in the first week of the season. Rask clearly tweaked something in his left leg opening night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, missed the Saturday night loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and then appeared to aggravate the injury in last week’s win over the New Jersey Devils. 

According to Ward, it’s hamstring and groin issues for Rask as the Bruins attempt to survive without him while potentially working toward a possible return for the Finnish netminder this weekend vs. the Red Wings. Rask hasn’t skated with the Bruins since finishing out the 2-1 win over the Devils last Thursday night, and tweaking the problematic left leg in the process. 

“What I was told is that it was left leg, and that at first it was hamstring and now it’s possibly hamstring and groin,” said Ward to CSN Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty on the Great American Hockey Show podcast. “You’re always concerned when you’re a goalie and it’s your legs, right? It’s the push-off. The crazy part was watching it on video where the shoot came from the left side and went wide, and the next time he injures it shot comes from the same spot, misses it wide and [Rask] is in the exact same position wincing.

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“I think [the Bruins] are smart rather than trying to play a guy that’s 90, 80 or 70 percent, whatever it is, to just get it over with. Endure the short term pain to get the greater gain, and that’s having Rask in there. There’s no greater endorsement to keep him out than seeing the [bad losses without him] because you need a healthy Tuukka to let the rest of the team settle.”

It’s been disastrous without Rask, of course, as the Bruins have allowed 11 goals in back-to-back losses to the Wild and Rangers with rookies Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre between the pipes, and Anton Khudobin out for three weeks while sporting a cast on his right hand in the last B’s game at TD Garden. 

Meanwhile, Rask (3-0-0, 1.67 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage) is trying to heal and time it perfectly so he returns once he’s past the danger of potentially blowing out the muscles in his left leg and making the situation even worse than it already might be. 

Ward also discusses his relationship with "Toucher & Rich" and the "Cuts for a Cause" charitable event that he helped start.