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B's Say Rask Deserved Better

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- In their first home game since coming off a successful five-game road trip the Boston Bruins fell to the Minnesota Wild 3-1 last night in front of a sold out crowd of 17,565 in TD Garden.


Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, of Finland, makes a stick save against the Minnesota Wild during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Bruins starting goaltender Tuukka Rask (31 saves) made his third consecutive start, but despite playing well, fell to 3-8-1 on the season.

“You know I try to feel good about myself everyday and think positive, and you know, the past couple games have been solid,” Rask said after the loss.   

“Tough to lose like this, it’s kind of frustrating but you always try to feel good about yourself, but the last three games have been a step in the right direction.”

Rask’s teammates recognized his contributions following the game and would have liked to have rewarded him with a win.

“I thought Tuukka played really well. You know that was a huge save in the second period [on Havlat],” Bruins defensemen Steven Kampfer said of Rask’s diving stop.

“That was a game-changing save. And you know for us not to rebound and come out hard in the third, that’s our fault. But he stood on his head tonight and that was what we needed and you know we didn’t give him any offense in return.”

“I feel bad for him,” Bruins center Marc Savard said. “He’s one of the best goaltenders in the league.”

Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said after the game that he feels for Rask after he picked up another loss despite a good performance.

“I mean this is a goaltender tonight that was outstanding for us, deserving a better fate and gave us a chance to win,” Julien said. “And so I feel bad for him because he deserves probably to be in the win column tonight, not in the loss column.”

Steve Scores...again
Rookie blueliner Steve Kampfer, who scored the B’s lone goal at 10:50 in the second period, is fitting in well with this Bruins team after being called up on emergency basis from Providence when Boston’s defensemen Marc Stuart was sidelined by a hand injury.  

In just 13 NHL games, Kampfer has three goals and one assist for four points.

“I mean Steven’s [Kampfer] been getting better every game. He’s one of those guys that supports attack well, skates well you know we were talking about puck moving defensemen and he’s come up and provided us with that,” Julien said after last night’s game. “And again there’s a young player who’s certainly going in the right direction.”

Back on the Road
Boston’s home stand was a short one, as they head back on the road after practice today for a two-game trip to Montreal and Pittsburgh before returning home on Tuesday to take on the Ottawa Senators.

---Hannah Becker
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