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Rask & MacDermid Provided Highlights

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
OTTAWA -- Goaltender Tuukka Rask and rookie forward Lane MacDermid provided most of the Black & Gold's highlights in the Boston Bruins 2-1 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night in Canada's capital region.

"I thought Tuukka played well tonight," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. "Overall, I think he was a big factor in keeping this game close.

"They were definitely the better team tonight. They played a more direct game and we didn’t seem to cluster up much and a lot of plays from the outside and stuff like that, but it’s evaluation time and I know our guys are a little tired.

"We’ve had five hard days in a row now and Providence last night, coming back late and traveled today, so I think fatigue is setting in a little bit and you have to take that into consideration. But [the need for] evaluation is there and that’s what we’ve got the opportunity to do and what we did that tonight," he said.

But Julien did see some things he liked from some of his youngest (and some of his most veteran) players.

"I thought MacDermid played well," said Julien of the Connecticut-native. "I’m talking about players, what you expect of them, their roles, and he’s a good solid player for us.

"That line, [Chris] Kelly, [Shawn] Thornton and MacDermid, was probably our best line tonight," explained Julien. "We’ve got some new young guys on the back end that had an opportunity to show that they are getting closer and closer to making the team.

"[Matt] Bartkowski and [Colby] Cohen were moving the puck fairly well. Those are the kind of guys that I think were decent.

"But like I said, not a game to be excited about, because we look at little sluggish out there tonight," he said.

From a goaltender's perspective, Rask said that the Sens' successive chances helped him get back into the swing of game action over a 60-minute (plus) span.

"It was good to get back on the game action and you see a lot of shots and I didn’t feel too bad," said Rask, who hadn't seen NHL action since last April 10 in a 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

"Every game is kind of the same," explained Rask of the preseason. "You’ve just got to approach it like a game. You can’t think of it like a preseason game or a playoff game. You’ve just got to try and stop every puck.

"It’s definitely messier; guys don’t make plays like they usually do in the regular season -- pucks bounce off of guys’ sticks -- but it’s still a hockey game and you’ve got to do your best, right?"

Rask did his utmost through the chos that saw him face 36 shots, while the B's were only able to muster 26.

"Yeah. It’s probably better that way," said Rask. "Obviously, teams are trying out different rosters and they don’t have the line-ups that they usually have, which is chaos sometimes, but that’s preseason and that’s part of that."

MacDermid's goal was one of those wrinkles in the B's lineup, but he was able to shine through some of the furrows. The winger buried a Thornton rebound off Craig Anderson pad save to give the Bruins a short lived 1-0 lead in the first.

"Well, we had a rush so he had it on the far wall and Kelly had a good net drive so I was the high guy and I tried to be a little patient," explained MacDermid. "Thorty had a good rebound shot and it came right to me and I one-timed it and luckily it went in."

Unluckily for Rask, Ottawa's Brian Lee (8:18, 2nd) and Mika Zibanejad (3:17, OT) found the back of the net. But the goaltender wasn't upset with his performance, overall.

"Pretty happy overall," he said. "That first goal I was kind of cheating a bit, exposed my short side. The second goal, I don’t know, just a one-timer and kind of a 'flubber.'

"But, overall, it was a pretty good for a first game."

That wasn't necessarily the case for the rest of the club and Coach Julien said that the B's would get some much needed rest between Ottawa and the B's second game on Friday versus the Islanders in the TD Garden.

Late Wednesday evening, the B's announced that they would give the entire roster a day off on Thursday.

"We’ve got some guys that you’ve got to cut a little bit of slack," said Julien. "We had a long playoffs last year and your veterans took time to rest, and may not be at the top of their game right now, or in top shape I should say, and we can understand that.

"And some of the young guys tonight played also in the rookie tournament and haven’t had much time off.

"We’re going to give them some time," added Julien. "It’s up to us to kind of make these decisions moving forward here the next few days.

"We’ve got three and four coming up and we’re going to have to give them a break somewhere along the way."
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