One misconstrued quote from Bruins coach Claude Julien sent people all in a tizzy about Tuukka Rask’s status in the team’s net last month.
Then Anton Khudobin produced a couple shining-star performances in the Bruins’ crease and even more people peeped up thinking Rask might not be able to hang on to the No. 1 goaltender position.
Well, in his last four games Rask has basically shoved a puck down the throat out of everyone doubting his abilities to fulfill his career-long dream of being Boston’s go-to-goalie.
Rask stopped 40 of 42 shots in the Bruins’ 6-2 win Monday night against Carolina at TD Garden. In his last three outings, he’s 3-1-0 with a save percentage of … wait for it … .955. That’s not just No. 1 worthy, it’s Vezina Trophy worthy.
“I felt sharp throughout the year I think. But it’s just trying to be calm and just poised out there, and it’s been good the past three games. So I’m just trying to keep that up,” Rask said.
Rask might be ready for the playoffs to start, but the Bruins still have to tighten up their defense. In those three Rask starts, he’s faced 111 shots.
•Of course, life in the net is easier when your team provides you with six goals. Part of the Bruins’ offensive shakeup that led to the season-high scoring output was putting Gregory Campbell at center between Brad Marchand and Jaromir Jagr. Here’s my CBS Boston column about how Campbell’s able to fit his game onto any line for the Bruins.
•Bruins coach Claude Julien gave his team Tuesday off to travel to Newark. Boston takes on the New Jersey Devils Wednesday night.