Tuukka Rask faced 29 shots, many of them high-quality scoring chances, in Game 1 against the Penguins. Yet, he still managed a shutout.

Last night, the Bruins goalie had something different to battle: boredom.

Thanks to a stout Bruins defense, the once-high-scoring Penguins managed just six shots on net in the first period and seven in the second period. Rask did get beat by one shot — snapping a shutout streak of 128 minutes and 47 seconds on Brandon Sutter’s goal late in the first period — but he battled through the inactivity and had another strong game. Rask stopped 26 of Pittsburgh’s 27 shots.

It was quite a change of pace for Rask.

“After Game 1, it was like night and day,” said Rask. “But we got a really good start, get three goals ahead and it helps for sure. But it’s never easy. You get six shots halfway through the game or whatever it was, it’s not easy. But we played a good game.”

Rask admitted he was getting a little antsy with the relative paucity of meaningful shots.

“You know they’re going to get some shots,” said Rask. “They’re not going to finish with eight shots. It’s going to happen at some point; you just have to stay ready and make that next save. It’s tough mentally.”

His best save came late in the first period. The B’s were up 2-0 and James Neal had a good shot in tight, but Rask flashed the left pad. The B’s pounced on the rebound and moved the puck back up the ice, resulting in David Krejci’s goal to put the B’s up 3-0.