BOSTON -- Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice for the Bruins during Tuesdays morning skate, and should be between the pipes for the Bs against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden tonight. Rask is 0-1-0 this season after a hard luck 1-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, but has a .972 save percentage and 1.02 goals against average headed into his second start of the season.
The goaltending partnership between Rask and Tim Thomas has developed as expected thus far this season: the Bruins are third in the league thus far with a .942 save percentage and fourth in the NHL with a 1.80 goals against average.
Coach Claude Julien continued to maintain that its about the Bruins worrying about themselves and finding their own game rather than what the Hurricanes can bring to the table against them in their home-and-home rematch.
Right now the state of our team is about how were going to play, said Julien. Right now were not in a position to worry about the other team. Instead its exactly about what we have to do to go out there and be a better team. In Chicago we thought about the process we had to go through to have success, and it came around. We have to keep doing that until we find our game and feel confident about it.
Until then were a work in progress right now.
With the Bruins work in progress efforts continuing tonight as they begin a stretch with 10 out of 12 games at TD Garden, here are the expected lines for tonight after Tuesdays morning skate:
Tomas Kaberle informed reporters after the Tuesday morning skate that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli gave the former Bruins defenseman his Stanley Cup ring this morning in Boston.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.
*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.
*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.
*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.
*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.
*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.
*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.