There are more benefits to the Bruins splitting the goaltending assignments this week on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, than there are reasons to play Tuukka Rask in both ends.
Goals have been in short supply for the Bruins this season, so Tuukka Rask made sure the club’s four-game winless streak came to an end Sunday by not allowing any goals against.
Rask posted his fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win against the Florida Panthers.
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.
With alternating bouts of patience and frustration, Tuukka Rask apprenticed at Tim Thomas’ side for the better part of three seasons.
Prior to establishing himself as a NHL regular, Rask was forced to hone his craft with the Providence (AHL) farm club, even when he thought he was already talented enough to play at the sport’s highest level.
The Bruins have done everything short of taking over the capitol building to prove they own Ottawa.
With their 3-2 shootout win against the Senators Monday night, the Bruins ran their winning streak in Canada’s capital to 10 games dating back to April 2009.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli today made official a couple rumors that have dominated the world of Bruins news the last several days.
Tuukka Rask has signed a one-year deal for $3.5 million to stay with Boston, while Alexander Khokhlachev is going to play in the KHL next season.
If he didn’t have Tim Thomas in front of him these last couple years, maybe Tuukka Rask would be the guy today celebrating a Stanley Cup championship and a new 10-year contract extension instead of Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick.
It hasn’t quite matched the excitement of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this summer, but the Bruins are celebrating the arrival of their future in the goaltending department.
It’s a topic that’s sure to heat up as the Bruins’ offseason continues to unfold, despite what general manager Peter Chiarelli said at breakup day about his goaltending.
BOSTON — The Bruins held their breakup day at TD Garden today, at least a month earlier than they thought they would have to go through that process.
Among the big stories was Patrice Bergeron’s revelation that he injured his oblique in Game 3 of Boston’s seven-game loss in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs to Washington. Bergeron said he either strained or pulled the muscle and reaggravated the injury in Game 5, so that’s why he wasn’t able to take faceoffs in Game 6 and 7.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Tuukka Rask’s first practice with the Bruins’ full squad since his March 3 abdominal injury went so well today that he was able to measure his health in hockey terms instead of medical jargon.
“Pretty much I did everything. I didn’t let in too many goals either,” Rask said after the team was done with its 45-minute session. “So I’m more worried about stopping those pucks than doing all kinds of stuff. But it was a good day.”
Rask and defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who’s returning from a sprained knee. both skated with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides before practice and then stayed on for the full session. Boychuk took a regular shift paired with Andrew Ference.
“I feel pretty good, so I’ll take it day by day,” said Boychuk, who noted that he got on the ice Sunday too but felt sore when he skated.
Head coach Claude Julien said that he’s still confident Boychuk will be available for Thursday’s Game 1 against Washington, but that Rask might be a little further off.
•Julien said that defenseman Adam McQuaid, who did not practice, is “up in the air” in terms of his injury status. Proving that he’s in full-on playoff mode, Julien wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of the injury and just called it “upper-body.”
•Defenseman Greg Zanon shaved his mustache to get a fresh start for the playoffs.
BOSTON — Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk will both be scratched today against Buffalo because of a head injury and a knee injury, respectively.
While head coach Claude Julien said he sees no reason why Boychuk would not be ready to start the playoffs with Boston next week, there are no similar assurances about McQuaid because of the type of injury the blueliner is battling.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Prior to today’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, Bruins forward Nathan Horton skated with Bruins strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides.
Goaltender Tuukka Rask was also on the ice.
After they went out and lost their second in a row, this time on the road to the New York Rangers, 4-3, the Bruins announced this afternoon that they wouldn’t have an update on goaltender Tuukka Rask’s health situation until Monday.
Via Twitter, the Bruins said that a full evaluation of Rask’s injury would be completed by then.
BOSTON — The Bruins will face the New York Rangers Sunday at Madison Square Garden as a shorthanded club.
Not only did the Bruins lose a game today to the New York Islanders, they also lost a couple players who they can now add to their lengthening list of injured performers.