Rask's stellar play inspires Bruins to play better
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask has allowed just two goals in three games against arguably the NHL’s best offense. Although, with one more win the Pittsburgh Penguins will probably be calling Rask the league’s best goaltender.
“He’s in a different zone now. He’s been playing well all year, but now it’s playoffs. He’s stepped up,” said Johnny Boychuk.
Rask certainly answered the bell for the Bruins this postseason and especially Wednesday night when the Penguins started to pour it on.
“The second and third is where he really came up big for us and continues to do that,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien.
With all three games in this series Rask’s play has inspired better play in front of him.
“He held us in it -- if we can suck it up for 20 minutes we might be able to pull this out for him. There’s a little bit of that conversation for sure. He’s never asking for it, but it’s true. He’s been unbelievable for us the whole time,” said Bruins forward Shawn Thornton.
“I think you can tell that by some of the blocks our guys make -- obviously Soupy (Gregory Campbell) had that block [Wednesday] night, (David) Krejci took one off the foot later in the game and then Johnny Boychuk’s out there diving everywhere to get in front of pucks. To watch him play like that and then you see the ways the guys respond to that, I think it shows something,” said Torey Krug.
Rask will be the first to give credit to the guys in front of him -- Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and company, have come up big in this series.