Tuukka Rask is stepping up as the starting goaltender for the Bruins so far this season. But he gives a lot of the credit to his defense.
"I think our (defense) has done a really good job blocking those shots and taking care of most of the rebounds so I got to thank them for that."
He has appeared in every game for the Bruins so far, so is fatigue setting in yet?
"A little bit." explained Rask. "It's the start of the season. I guess your legs feel a little fatigue but nothing too major."
BRIGHTON, Mass. -- A day after exiting a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins with complications from migraines, Tuukka Rask was missing from a full Bruins team practice at Warrior Ice Arena prior to Tuesday night’s home date against the Detroit Red Wings.
Rask pulled himself out of the game midway through the second period with his team trailing after he’d stopped 20-of-22 shots, and was motioning toward his eyes as he exited for the Bruins dressing room. The Bruins goalie confirmed to reporters following the deflating loss that he indeed was suffering from ocular issues consistent with migraines, the same issue that knocked him out of a home loss to the Rangers a couple of years ago.
The Bruins brought in an emergency goalie to practice with the team on Monday along with backup netminder Zane McIntyre, who allowed three goals in the third period on the way to the Bruins imploding in Pittsburgh.
Both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller returned to practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins coaches shook up the forward lines after they were only able to cobble together one goal on 45 shots on Sunday afternoon. Torey Krug was also missing from practice along with Rask.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on Monday morning’s practice that started roughly an hour late due to the team doing some video work together:
K. Miller-C. Miller