Last night, after a 5-2 Black & Gold win versus the New York Islanders, B's fans could sing Tuukka Rask
's praises yet again.
"It felt pretty good," said Rask (now 2-6-1-1, with a 2.51 goals against average and a .928 save percentage), postgame. "You know, I got a slow start for the game, but got right back in in the second and got a lot of shots and felt pretty good today."
Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said that his goaltender looked
pretty good, too.
"He was better tonight," said Julien. "I think the guys played much better in front of him as well.
"I know that in some games he didn’t win, we certainly didn’t make it easy on him," added Julien. "We didn’t necessarily play very well in front of him. We had that situation happen which made him have a loss in the loss column.
"But at the same time, we’ve seen Tuukka when he’s at his best and I’m not going to say he’s there now, but hopefully tonight is a step in the right direction," he said.
Rask said that the lack of Islanders shots in the first (7) didn't make it easy for him to find his rhythm.
"Yeah it’s never easy, no matter how much you play. But it’s the same thing every time. You just got to stay sharp and stay focused. That’s the biggest challenge for you," said Rask.
After the Islanders Frans Nielsen was hauled down on a second period breakaway, Tuukka also faced a penalty shot.
"I told the guys that I don’t want to take penalty shots anymore because it seems like every one I’ve got has gone in," said Rask. "[Nielsen] made a good move. He kept waiting and waiting and I was impatient."
But Rask bounced back, and thanks to one of Tuukka's nicer saves on the night, Brad Marchand
gave the Bruins the lead.
"Actually...I saved the first one and then the guy hit a post. But that’s how these things happen," said Rask. "Usually, you know, there’s a save in the other end and then a goal in the other end.
"Marsh is a great shorthanded player and I think he’s got three already or something, so it shows great character."
Rask showed great character as the Islanders made one final push.
"I thought he was pretty solid," said Julien. "And I don’t think he had much chance on that last goal that they scored, when they pulled their goaltender."
Rob Schremp made things interesting with that goal that made it 3-2 at 16:27 of the third period. But empty net scores from Milan Lucic
and Patrice Bergeron
made Rask's 33 saves hold up.
"It’s a great win," said Rask. "I think it’s never easy to play against these kind of teams who are kind of struggling in their game.
"Guys did a really good job right from the hop just to jump in after them and get that lead.
"It’s nice to be able to get that win too because I don’t have too many of those yet."
Two U's, two K's, two points and now two wins -- and counting...