Call the Mayo Clinic, Tuukka Rask is a medical marvel.
The Bruins sophomore goaltender has to be the first in NHL history to win a game while carrying “crushed confidence.” Or at least that’s the condition some diagnosed Rask with after head coach Claude Julien pulled his 23-year-old netminder after just one period Saturday night.
With 36 saves on 37 shots, including a perfect 18 of 18 in the third period, Rask indeed showed that Julien’s decision Saturday was nothing more than a bump along the road rather than an immovable road block. There’s no reason for Rask’s confidence level to be low now, and Julien’s faith in both of his goaltenders should be overflowing as his team returns home after a 3-0-2 road trip.
Here’s a glance at the rest of the box score:
•Nathan Horton ended his nine-game goal drought and Marc Savard did the same to his seven-game goal-less stretch.
•With an assist, Milan Lucic registered a point for the first time in seven games.
•Phil Kessel’s failures against Boston continued, as the speedy winger fired eight shots on goal, three shots that were blocked and four that missed the target. And so continues his goal-less career against his former team.