Asked about his first win of the season, a 24-save, 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask
joked, "the sooner the better right?"
But the win couldn't come fast enough for his teammates, who seemed to suffer more than the goalie through a frustrating stretch to start the season.
Rask began the year 0-3-0 thanks to setbacks to Colorado (1-0, Oct. 10), Carolina (4-1, Oct. 18) and Montreal (4-2, Oct. 29), but had put up decent numbers (2.71 goals against average, .906 save percentage) despite the lack of production from his teammates.
"I wasn’t too frustrated," said Rask. "But when you feel like you’re playing ok and then just losing, it’s tough on your confidence a little bit.
"But we battled through it and it’s good to get that win."
Rask, who now boasts a 2.52 GAA and a .910 sv%, certainly did battle through October and his teammates went to battle for him on Monday night.
"We wanted to get this win for him," said B's center Gregory Campbell
. "He works hard every day, it's not an easy job and he's positive.
"He's a great goaltender and not too often you have two great goaltenders on one team battling for the same job, so we have a lot of confidence in both of them.
"Tuukka's played well every time he's been in the net. We just haven't had the goals to support him so it was nice to get those goals and give him his first win," he said.
Alternate Captain Patrice Bergeron
said the B's openly talked about winning for Tuukka.
"He deserves many more wins than what he’s got right now," said Bergeron. "We had to do it for him.
"We weren’t sharp in front of him and that’s our fault we didn’t get the wins before.
"But we're really happy for him and he got us through the game tonight."
Rask was strong throughout and kept the Bruins in what was a one goal game through much of the contest.
"Obviously, we want to support each other and I think we did a pretty good job with that today," said Rask. "Mostly, I think we really wanted to keep that streak going because we won a couple games in a row and we wanted to start the week off on the right foot.
"We know we have big games coming up so I think that was the bigger key today."
Julien wasn't surprised to see Rask come through.
"I think it was just a matter of time," he said. "I don’t think we ever questioned his play, and even in those games we lost, it was pretty obvious that his game was fine.
"It was it was us in front of him that weren’t doing a very good job, so tonight the players played much better in front of him and gave him some cushion as well, and he was able to play his game comfortably."
As uncomfortable as they were prior to Rask's win, the B's sounded pretty pleased to have cleared yet another hurdle on their way back from October's malaise.
"Huge," was how Seguin described Rask's victory. "Probably going to tweet about it after this.
Definitely big. We wanted to finish it off for him for sure and he had some incredible saves out there tonight"
To his credit, Rask said his mindset doesn't change.
"You focus on that rubber all the time for 60 minutes and you’re just trying to stop it every time," he said. "You don’t want to get caught thinking we scored two they scored two, it always turns against you I feel.
"You just try to stay in the moment and stop that puck every time."