BOSTON — Friday after his off-ice workout and treatments, ailing Boston Bruins goaltender Manny Fernandez explained that there’s no rush for him to return because the team and fellow netminder Tim Thomas have played so well in his absence.
Well, now he knows there’s one more reason he can take his sweet time. It turns out Bruins super-prospect Tuukka Rask is the real deal. Allow me to overreact to Rask’s 35-save shutout over the New York Rangers today at TD Banknorth Garden and declare: “Rask is ready.”
After all, I’m not the only one convinced that the Bruins now go three goaltenders deep.
“Everyone in this room definitely had confidence in him. We’ve seen enough of Tuukka to know how good of a goalie he is,” rugged winger Shawn Thornton said after the Bruins’ 1-0 victory. “So there was no talk, obviously, before the game of let’s make it easy on him. We’ve got tons of confidence in anyone who’s in net, so he did a hell of a job tonight – just like he did last year, same thing.”
Center Marc Savard, who scored the game’s lone goal, echoed Thornton’s thoughts.
“We’re confident with whoever’s in there and tonight it was Tuukka,” he said. “Give the kid credit. He’s been waiting for his opportunity and he took advantage of it tonight. He’s an NHL goaltender, and we all know that. He’s going to get his time and right now he’s doing the job for us. (more…)