Reaching Their Goal: Rask masters his role

Reaching Their Goal: Rask masters his role
December 30, 2011, 6:34 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It took a while, but Tuukka Rask has finally reached a comfort zone with playing once or twice a week until his number gets called as the No. 1 goalie someday.
Last year was kind of a struggle where Id put a lot of thought in those games," Rask said. "If I lost a game 2-1, then it would eat me up a little bit and the confidence would go down. Id be thinking about it too much.
"This year Ive learned to put it in the past, good or bad. Thats really worked for me."
And now he appreciates what he and Tim Thomas are achieving. Rask recently had a scoreless streak of 170 minutes and 16 seconds, which lasted more than three weeks, and Thomas ripped off 10 straight wins en route to an ongoing 15-wins-in-16-games stretch.
Weve had a great thing going on for the last couple of years," said Rask. "Were both playing pretty good hockey. We recognize where were at and the way were playing, but were not looking at the stats. We feel like were on top of our game right now.
If you have two good goalies that are playing at the same level night in and night out then thats a great thing for the hockey club. Thats what were trying to accomplish. I think we just try to one-up each other every game now with the way were playing.