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Rask Makes 27 Saves in B's Loss

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com - The B's left Music City on a low note, as Boston couldn’t pick up a "W" for goaltender Tuukka Rask against the Predators in Nashville.


David Legwand #11 of the Nashville Predators puts the puck in the back of the net against goalie Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins during an NHL game on March 17, 2011 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
The wins have been hard to come by for the B’s goalie this season and last night, after taking a one goal lead early in the first period, the B's made a few costly mistakes that eventually handed the game to the Predators, 4-.3.

“Tough loss. We got the lead and then stuff happens and we lose the game,” Rask said.

“They’re battling for a playoff spot and obviously we knew they were going to come at us hard and that’s exactly what happened.

"We shouldn’t lose this kind of game,” he said.

But despite the loss, the Bruins were able to force extra time and pick up a single point, largely due to Rask’s stand-on-his-head performance.

Rask stopped 27 of 31 shots and five of six power play shots in the 66:37 of game action.

“He was good and solid for us tonight,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said after the game.

Although Coach Julien was pleased with Rask’s effort, Tuukka wasn’t perfect, allowing four goals in his first career start against Boston.

Nashville’s second goal came at 10:59 in the second period off the stick of Colin Wilson to give the Predators a 2-1 lead and Wilson his second point of the evening.

Wilson skated down the left side of the ice, put the puck on his forehand and wristed a shot behind Rask.

It’s an attempt that Rask usually saves, and would probably like to have back.

“Obviously maybe you do something differently, “ Rask said. “But it wasn’t a bad game, a tough loss.”

Julien was pleased with how Rask responded after the Predators second goal and said it gives him confidence heading into the final three weeks of the season.

“Besides the second goal which I’m sure he would like to have back, he made some big saves,” Julien said.

“So to me it bodes well moving forward also because when you have two good goaltenders you feel a lot more comfortable.”
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