After beginning the season with a 0-3 record, Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask
earned his first win of the season on Monday versus the New York Islanders, 6-2.
In somewhat of a surprise second straight start, the young goaltender secured his second victory as the B's defeated the heretofore high flying Edmonton Oilers, 6-3.
But after the game, Rask wasn't necessarily pleased with his first period.
"Tough start," was his assessment after allowing goals to Ryan Smyth and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. "I didn’t have too many shots and when I had them I was bouncing the pucks on the rebounds, and then you get guys like Smyth in front of the net who’s really good with that stick and tipping those pucks. And it’s a battle.
"That’s the way it should be," added Rask. "And tonight we came out with two points."
Earlier in the period, Smyth hit the post and send a very audible ring throughout TD Garden.
"It happens," said Rask. "You just kind of shake it off.
"I mean obviously everyone could tell I wasn’t feeling one hundred percent out there. Like talking about puck handling and I couldn’t take care of those rebounds, because I kicked every rebound out there possible.
"But we battled through it and I battled through it and I know it ended up being a good game."
Rask also acknowledged that having six goals of support over the past two games was helpful.
"It gives your team a really good chance to win when you score six goals," said the Finnish goalie, who made 27 saves. "I thought we were doing really good things out there and that results in scoring chances and then we’re burying them."
Postgame, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien talked about his decision to start Rask.
"Every once in a while, you’ve got to allow him to get on a roll a little bit," said Julien of Rask, who has backed up Tim Thomas
for much of last season and nine games on this campaign.
"I thought this was a good time for it," added Julien. "Obviously, you guys probably know who’s going to be in net next game, but the bottom line is, we’ve got a lot of games coming up, and I wanted to get him an opportunity to get closer to him being at the best he can be.
"The only way we felt we could do that was by giving him some consecutive games, so that was the reason behind it."
Rask was grateful for the opportunity and said it was a confidence booster.
"I can’t even actually remember the last time I played two games," said Rask. "It felt good and it was good to get that 'W' again."
Thanks in part to Rask, Boston now has four "W's" in a row.
"In these last four games we have played some good hockey," he said. "But as I said we can’t take that for granted.
"We have to keep working hard and doing the right things."