Recall all that consternation and panic not that many weeks ago about the Bruins goaltending? The speculation from hockey “experts” that Tuukka Rask was in decline and should be replaced by Anton Khudobin?
When Khudobin started four successive games in mid-November, some concluded that he was the team’s new No. 1 — or at least, should be.
Well, the B’s have climbed to third in the NHL with a 2.45 team goals-against average. Rask, not quite ready for the scrap heap, has gone 10-0-1 in his last 11 starts and as of yesterday ranked fourth in the NHL with a 2.13 GAA and ninth with a .923 save percentage.
At least for public consumption, Rask has consistently tried to minimize the significance of the goalie situation, insisting it wasn’t that big a deal.
“There’s always competition,” said Rask. “This year (Khudobin has) played great, too. It’s always good to have two good goalies. We’re always pushing — no matter who is the other guy you always try to push yourself and have that competition. This year our team has played such good team defense it’s helped us as goalies to be successful.”
Coach Bruce Cassidy yesterday got onto the subject of the November goalie controversy, and emphasized that he never regarded Rask as anything but the team’s No. 1.
No doubt about Tuukka Rask as Bruins’ No. 1 goalie, but competition with Anton Khudobin only helps
Boston Herald | Jan 2