“You suck, you suck – That’s it. What can I say? It’s the playoffs” said a very upset Tuukka Rask in regards to his play following the Bruins’ double overtime 4-3 Game 1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night.
Rask made 29 saves, but it wasn’t enough as P.K. Subban’s overtime power play tally gave the Habs a 1-0 series lead.
No one is blaming Rask for the loss, that’s for sure, but there were certainly a few goals that Rask would like to have back.
“I don’t know. We played overall a good five-on-five—pretty much dominated, had a lot of chances, couldn’t score. But I was [expletive] today. Got to be better” added Rask.
Montreal got on the board first when Subban’s first power play goal of the game had eyes and found its way to the back of the net.
Rask didn’t see the puck on Montreal’s opening goal, but that doesn’t matter to Rask. He couldn’t see the puck, couldn’t make the save and couldn’t keep Montreal off the board.
“I didn’t see the first one, but it doesn’t matter” added Rask. “Not going to analyze those goals. Doesn’t matter if you lose 6-0 or 4-3—it’s a loss.”
It wasn’t Rask’s best effort, but to his defense, he could have gotten some help around him. Despite erasing two third period deficits, the Bruins couldn’t capitalize on a dozen of prime scoring chances they had throughout the night.
The Bruins’ puck management was also very poor in Game 1. Two of the Canadiens’ four goals came off of turnovers.
On the other side of the ice, Canadiens’ goalie Carey Price stole the show, making 48 saves for his fifth straight victory in these 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
It seemed like Price came up with highlight reel after highlight reel goal all night long. The Bruins did manage to get three pucks past Price in the third, but the saves Price made throughout the game were top-notch.
“Carey [Price] gave us a chance to win tonight. It wasn’t our best game” said Canadiens’ Captain Brian Gionta. “He held us in; he made some huge saves for us. We’re fortunate to come out, and it’s a big win for us.”
For two-plus periods it looked like the Bruins had no chance of getting any rubber past Price, but a couple of screened shots later, the Bruins found themselves tied with the Canadiens at two and then again at three.
After Johnny Boychuk’s game-tying third period goal, Price once again shut the door on the Bruins, allowing the Canadiens to eventually pull off the double overtime win.
“It was a battle” said Price. “It was exactly what we were expecting and we just gutted it out. It was a hard fought game that could have gone either way.”
While Price and the Canadiens will try to take a 2-0 series lead in Game 2 Saturday afternoon, the Bruins know they need to regroup and look forward to Game 2.
“That’s the only option. We played a great game” added Rask. “We can’t change anything except we got to kill those penalties and I got to keep the puck out of my net. That’s the only change we need.”