BOSTON — Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask boasted a solid .923 save percentage entering tonight’s game with Florida.
But down the stats sheet on Rask’s line were some repulsive numerals — as in an 0-4-1 record.
Finally, Rask put one in the win column tonight with a 40-shot shutout of the Florida Panthers in a 4-0 victory at TD Garden.
The shots were coming from all angles and from everyone, including Florida’s David Booth. Bruins head coach Claude Julien joked that Booth’s “arms are probably sore” from firing 14 shots on goal. Rask turned away all attempts, including one from Booth that sent his mask flying.
Here’s what Rask had to say after the game:
Many of the Bruins talked about playing their best hockey in front of Rask to make sure he had a shot at winning. That hadn’t been the case in many of his earlier starts.
“Yeah, this game was mostly for him,” said forward Milan Lucic, who recorded a hat trick in support of Rask. “We wanted to go out there and give him a good effort and give him a win because he’s been such a great guy in the locker room. He’s such a great goalie and we’re happy that we were able to get this win for him.”