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Rask makes the must-have saves in series opener

by John McGourty /
BOSTON -- Boston Bruins rookie goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 28 of 32 shots that the Philadelphia Flyers poured on him through 60 minutes of regulation in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series, but he was perfect on the four shots he had to handle in 13:52 of overtime as the Bruins defeated the Flyers, 5-4.

Rask wasn't pleased about giving up the first two goals to Ryan Parent and Chris Pronger, shots from the blue line that made their way through traffic and eluded him on his left side. When he met the media in the Bruins' dressing room, he was surprisingly calm in talking about Danny Briere's goal that tied the game with 3:22 remaining in regulation.

Q: That was a tight game all the way.

Rask: It was a really tight game. We got the lead and gave up the lead in the third period, and that's something might shock sometimes, but we stuck with it and we found a way.

Q: How about getting the game-winner from a guy who hasn't played in two months?

Rask: It was great to see that. I was pretty happy when I saw that. Sometimes we need to shoot the puck and when we get the puck high, good things happen.

Q: You had an important save early in overtime on Dan Carcillo. How did you see that play develop?

Rask: On the breakaway, he came kind of from the side, made a move across and tried to go five-hole but it hit my pad. In overtime, you have to make those plays.

Q: How would you describe your game today?

Rask: It was a battle. They're a tough team to play against. They jam the net and throw pucks at your feet and crash the net a lot. It was a tough game, but we found a way to win.

Q: Could the fourth goal have been prevented?

Rask: It was an interesting play. You expect him (Briere) to make a move there and not skate through the defense. I think our defense got caught waiting for the pass and he skated through and shot it for the rebound, got the rebound. That's something that happens, but it was tough goal to give up at that point.

Q: Did you have a good look at Chris Pronger's slap-shot goal?

Rask: Those first two, I could have had those. They both went in the same spot on the blocker side. When they go through you, you're thinking, “What's going on?” You really have to make those saves. It was a good shot, making a goalie move across and shoot from where he was coming from. He made a good shot, but I think I should have had that.

Q: How were you able to stop Scott Hartnell on the 2-on-1?

Rask: I just challenged him. I saw him all the way. I try to read those plays. I thought the pass would be to Hartnell and I tried to challenge him and hoped he wouldn't go around me.

Q: Have you thought what would be the consequences if you guys had lost?

Rask: You don't want to think about losing the game when it's going to overtime. The only thing that's on your mind is to get that one goal, get the win. I thought we really bounced back after we gave up that two-goal lead. It's tough when you freeze and you don't know what's going on and you go into overtime. A lot of times the team that scored those two goals is going to get the win but today we answered really good and put up a great effort right from the hop in the OT.

Q: Did it help you that your team played so well early in overtime after you were under siege in the third period?

Rask: It's always good to see guys making those plays, but you're hoping they would shoot the puck more and not get too fancy. It's good to get the offense going and I thought every line made great plays today.

Q: How do you feel about Marc Savard scoring the game-winner?

Rask: It was great to see, really awesome. He was really happy about that goal. It's great to see because he's been hurt for a while and now he's back, scoring an OT winner.

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