There's been a lot of talk about the Bruins defense lately. Another night of allowing 40-plus shots on goal won't make that conversation go away. But what eases the pain of Boston's struggling defensive play is the performance of its goaltenders. And on Monday night at the TD Garden, the Bruins once again got 40 saves from their No. 1 goalie, Tuukka Rask. Rask saw 42 shots, and allowed two goals midway through the third period of Boston's 6-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The 40 saves tie his season-high. The last game he made 40 saves came just two starts prior, in a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. Rask had made 36 saves on Monday night and the Bruins held a 5-0 lead until the Hurricanes finally got on the board. The two goals that Carolina scored were inevitable, given the chances the Hurricanes had in front of the net. It's a defensive problem the Bruins haven't been able to fix, until they do, the topic won't go away. Even if the goaltending helps turn it into wins. "I think defensively we've been pretty good, if you look at the goals-against at least," said Rask. "But still, I don't think we're the best we can be in that area. Especially today, we were kind of, a couple letdowns there, but still, we've been pretty solid defensively. That's our bread and butter, so it was good to see that offense get going tonight." Rask was asked about the defense in front of him. And as much as he believes it can improve, for right now, he isn't complaining too much. "Sometimes it feels like when we're trading those chances and I get a lot of shots, it kind of plays to my advantage, but I don't think in the long run that that would be a great idea," said Rask.
Rask provides much-needed final line of defense for B's
NBC Sports Boston | Apr 9