December 18th, 2013 by

Tuukka Rask bounces back in a big way

Tuukka Rask bounces back in a big way

It was a very rare sight to see Tuukka Rask getting the hook in favor of Chad Johnson Saturday night as the Boston Bruins got embarrassed in their return to Vancouver.

Rask bounced back in a big way against the Calgary Flames posting his third shutout of the season in the 2-0 victory.

Head coach Claude Julien knows how valuable his goaltender is even though he struggled Saturday night.

“I mean he’s had a few bad games like every other goaltender, but he bounces back and he’s been solid for us all year long and he’s having another great year,” Julien said.

Rask has been stellar his entire career versus the Flames and tonight was no different. He recorded 21 saves and now sports a 3-0 record with two shutouts in his career versus the Flames. He has saved 72 of 73 shots faced in those three games.

It was the first time this season that Rask was pulled versus the Canucks and he did not want to make it a habit.

“Yeah, it was a bounce back game for me,” Rask said about Tuesday’s performance. “Just tried not to get pulled twice in a row I guess. It was a pretty good effort for the most part especially the second period. They had nothing. Despite that, they only had a couple chances and we kept it tight.”

Rask who was visually irritated following his last game versus the Canucks was pleased with his teams’ effort against Calgary.

“For sure, but it wasn’t pretty all the time,” Rask said. “It was kind of just pucks bouncing all over the place, but we got the goals and power plays, stepped up and Zee (Zdeno Chara) got those goals we needed and killed a couple of penalties too there. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a good effort from everybody and we need that.”

Rask reiterated how he put Saturday’s game behind him and went back to his game day approach before Tuesday night’s game.

“I think you’ve just got to start out saving that first shot of the game and then getting yourself in it and that’s about it,” Rask said. “I don’t really have a style I just try and stay focused the whole sixty minutes and be aware when the pucks are coming to the net.”

Jarome Iginla applauded Rask’s efforts in the first period keeping the game close when they didn’t have their best period.

“I thought after the first period, Tuuks (Tuukka Rask) did play great all game, but I thought in the first period he gave us a chance to come out of a period that we weren’t quite as good in and be 0-0,” Iginla said.

Rask is now 17-8-2 on the year with a miniscule 1.90 goals against average. He was clearly under the weather in Vancouver Saturday night and it ultimately affected his play.  Tuesday night Rask was back to his normal self.

Two u’s, two k’s and two points. That’s what Bruins fans love to see the most.

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