The offense has come and gone at times this season. The defense has its lapses here and there. On some nights, like Thursday night, you can search far and wide, with no success, for the skating game. The one constant through the first third of the Bruins’ season, however, has been the play of goaltender Tuukka Rask. The Finnish netminder finished off another gem Thursday night with a couple of big saves late to lead the B’s 2-1 overtime win over Ottawa. Rask stood especially tall with just under two minutes to play in overtime when he stoned Kyle Turris in the slot for the save of the game. Just 27 seconds later, Patrice Bergeron tipped home the game-winner, yet another game backboned by the solid play of the Boston goalie. In the process, Rask put the finishing touches on a brilliant month of February, a month in which getting the puck by the goaltender happened about as frequently as the Bruins scored a power-play goal. Rask made eight starts in the calendar’s shortest month going 7-0-1 with a sparkling 1.38 goals against average. Claude Julien has put trust in Rask, and the goalie has responded with an effort that confirms his status as a No. 1 goaltender in the league. Julien has said on multiple occasions that part of mastering the goaltending balancing act means making sure the No. 1 can get into a groove. It’s clear right now that Rask is in that groove. “I call him Felix the Cat because he’s so quick,” B’s forward Nathan Horton said after Rask’s 30-save effort Thursday night. “He’s been doing it all year, every game. He’s a Shooter Tutor with no holes. He’s such a great guy and you want to see him do well, and obviously he’s been amazing this season.” It’s all part of the maturity process for Rask, who continues to develop into one of the game’s best goalies. His physical skills — size, agility, quickness — those are all apparent within minutes of watching him between the pipes. But what’s been the biggest thing for Rask to develop is the mental aspect of goaltending. Sometimes, it’s just all about growing up. That’s something that his head coach says can take a while with goalies.

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