Montreal, QC --
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask
made 36 saves in Boston's 4-2 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal's Bell Centre.
Rask, who saw 17 shots in the third period, kept the Habs at bay and gave the B's their first exhibition victory in their first preseason contest of the season.
|Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask makes a glove save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz) |
"I felt good right from the hop," said Rask, who admitted that "kind of got fatigues there in the second" when the Habs' Maxime LaPierre and Tomas Plekanec netted Montreal's goals.
"I haven’t played in a long time, and that’s something that you’ve got to recognize is going to happen in the first game and you just have to battle through it," he said. "It was a good win."
Rask wasn't the only Bruins player to feel tired. Road legs seemed to creep up on the Bruins through parts of all three periods.
"I think definitely all the guys got kind of tired there," said Rask, who referenced the team's travel schedule. "It’s been a long day for us.
"It’s not an excuse, but…"
Despite the fatigue, Rask was pleased to have been able to go a full 60 minutes.
"Yeah, I mean, if you are in good shape, then why not. We’ve been doing that for the past couple of years too, so it’s worked for us good, so why change it?" said Rask. "Oh yeah, [there were] a lot of shots. Felt good, but I didn’t feel the exact same as I could after twenty games.
"Still, it was a good start, and we’ve just got to focus on the next."
Rask was queried as to why he seemed less than satisfied for what was, on the surface, a brilliant goaltending performance.
"Well, it wasn’t a shutout," said Rask, with a chuckle. "But I’ve got to be happy. Not too many mistakes. Just trying to [be in the right] position the whole time, and not let anything go through,
"So if you look at it that way, it was a good game."
Boston head coach Claude Julien agreed that Rask pulled the "W" out for the Bruins.
"Oh, absolutely," he said. "I think, if you asked me to analyze our game tonight, I think the one thing we really did well is that we really took advantage of our opportunities and that we took that lead.
"On the other hand, I thought we struggled with puck management...a lot of times we threw pucks in the middle, turned them over, and we have to be better at that.
"It wasn’t just about the kids. I think there were some guys who seemed a little rusty out there and that’s why you have those preseason games."
The Bruins play the Florida Panthers in Rochester, NY on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.