Bruins News Updates March 16, 2011
Rask shakes off slow start to make case for more starts for Bruins
Rask/By S. Bradley
The rebounds were flying everywhere, and with less than a minute to go in the first period, Grant Clitsome’s untouched, unscreened slap shot from the blue line beat Tuukka Rask.
After 20 minutes tonight in Columbus, it looked like the second-year Bruins goaltender was going to let down his coach and his team for the second straight Tuesday.
And then suddenly Rask “Version 2009-10” made another visit to the Boston crease. The Blue Jackets found the back of the net just once more, including three failed attempts in a shootout the Bruins won, 1-0, to clinch their 3-2 victory.
Over the 45 minutes between his shaky opening stanza and the post-overtime gimmick, Rask was fantastic and fortunate. And he had to be a little bit of both with the Bruins often treating the puck in their own end as they were trying to let Rask face target practice.
Daniel Paille set up a Derek Dorsett point-blank chance with a bad-bounce aided giveaway. Rask made a dive and the save. Jakub Voracek and Antoine Vermette were both robbed by Rask late in the third period on wide-open chances in tight. The Bruins’ penalty kill was 6-for-6 and added a shorthanded goal to tie the game by Rich Peverley, but without Rask providing some other-worldly play that PK success rate would’ve taken a beating.
Bradley says that “with the season he’s had, Rask deserves a little luck.” BU says, with the season he’s had, Rask deserves a whole lot of credit for his performance. He was the starting goaltender who kept us alive throughout the playoffs last year and must be dying of boredom right now.