Thirteen games does not a season make, and we won’t get a full appreciation of what kind of goalie Tuukka Rask really is until he gets another crack at the playoffs.
But so far, it’s hard to complain about what he’s provided for the Bruins this season. At 10-1-2, Rask is tied for the NHL lead in wins, and both his 1.89 goals-against average and .930 save percentage are excellent.
Had he not been on his game in Tuesday night’s road win in Uniondale, N.Y., the B’s might have had a different outcome against the New York Islanders. Perhaps the only game in which Rask cost the Bruins was in a Feb. 12 shootout loss to the New York Rangers, when he allowed two softies.

“We’re happy with what Tuukka’s done,” coach Claude Julien said at Ristuccia Arena yesterday. “That seemed to be a question mark in a lot of people’s minds, and hopefully he’s answered those critics.”
Rask started all but three of the team’s 16 games, but with the B’s facing 32 games in the next 59 days before they even get to the grinding postseason schedule, backup Anton Khudobin will undoubtedly take a larger percentage of games than he has so far.
“I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of rest for me, too, and work for (Khudobin). There’s a lot of back-to-backs coming up, so I think it’s important for both of us to stay sharp,” said Rask, who started and won the last four games.
In the offseason, Rask signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract, and he is scheduled to be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights this summer. Rask, who had no update on a possible extension from the team, said his contract status isn’t affecting his mindset.
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