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Tuukka Talks Preparation

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask picked up his third win of the season Monday night in Toronto, but he’s already looking forward to his next start -- no matter when that will be.

“You just try to get in that groove and feeling good about yourself," Rask said after the B’s practice in Wilmington on Wednesday.  "So, it's just one game, one win, but I've got to look at the future now.”

Boston defeated Toronto 2-1 on Monday in a match-up where Rask had 36 saves and was the games first star.  

“I didn’t look at the chances they had or anything, but it’s just one win you know, nothing more than that. Obviously [allowing] one goal is good for our confidence,” he said.  

“I think it’s important for everybody," explaind Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien during his post-practice comments. "For his sake, I think it was important that he bounce back and then had a solid showing, and he did.

"We've got a lot of games coming and we need both our goaltenders to be at their best and we need to rely on both of them."

Despite only appearing in 12 games for the Bruins thus far, Rask is simply focused on working hard in practice and continuing to strengthen his mental approach to the game.

“I think at this level it’s more...[about] mental preparation and talking about things, because every goalie in this league is good technically and there’s nothing major you have to work on that side, but you just have to stay sharp mentally,” he said.

Even so, Boston's goaltending coach, Bob Essensa, watched Rask at practice on Wednesday and is helping Tuukka to fine-tune his game.   

“It’s good that he comes here every now and then,” Rask said. “You have that extra pair of eyes upstairs who’s looking at your game and looking at you in practice and seeing what you’re doing wrong and what you’re not.

“It’s good to have a guy like him around you,” he said.

---Hannah Becker
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