Tuukka Rask makes it clear that, like most goalies, he is not a fan of the shootout. Especially when Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey's first shooter, kicks off the game-deciding segment with a whippy shot into the net. Seeing such a snapper whiz past does little to jack up any goaltender's confidence.
Like it or not, Rask's job is to stop every puck he can in the shootout. Aside from Kovalchuk's successful attempt, he did just that. In succession, Rask turned back Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, David Clarkson, and Jacob Josefson.
By the time he stuffed Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey's sixth and final shooter, Rask let a flurry of fist pumps fly to celebrate his team's 2-1 shootout win Tuesday night at TD Garden.
"I don't think you ever feel too comfortable, because it's not a practice situation," Rask said. "I just tried to stay patient and make the saves."
Rask's teammates didn't feel their freshest. The Bruins were coming off a 5-3 road win over Carolina. They had touched down at Hanscom Field at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. They were facing New Jersey's airtight defense.
Rask, meanwhile, was rested. Against the Hurricanes, he sat for the first time this season. Anton Khudobin, Rask's backup for the first four games, earned his first start.
"It's always nice to rest," Rask said. "I think it's more important to get Dobby a game too. Get him in the groove and get him in the game rhythm. I think it's not so much about me getting rest than him getting in."
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask shines in shootout win
Boston Globe | Jan 30