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Rask carries Bruins within sight of a sweep

by John McGourty /
PHILADELPHIA -- Tuukka Rask may be an NHL rookie. He's certainly not playing like one in his first trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Rask was brilliant again on Wednesday night, surviving an early goal by Arron Asham and finishing with 34 saves to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia and a 3-0 series lead over the Flyers in their Eastern Conference Semifinal.

The victory was Rask's seventh in his nine playoff games. One more win and the Bruins will be in the conference finals for the first time since 1992.

Afterward, the 23-year-old met with the media.

Q: Can you comment on what you saw from the crease, it looked like a total team defensive effort?

Rask: It was a defensive win, for sure. We got the lead in the first, surprisingly there. You know, we never let it go in and defended really well, protected the net and kept them away so it was a great win.

Q: You made a number of great saves. Were you feeling it in the net? Can you explain your performance?

Rask: It was just one of those games when you see a lot of shots, you feel comfortable, you’re not making any extra moves and you’re standing there and everything seems to hit you. It was just one of those nights.

Q: You have a chance to sweep. Is that your focus?

Rask: Yeah. Obviously, it’s not going to get to much easier. They played a great game today. They came at us really hard and had tons of chances. So we just have to play a bit better in the next game.
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