The fact that the Rangers' last shot of the night wound up in the Bruins net did little to diminish the performance of goalie Tuukka Rask. The Bruins lost, 4-3, in overtime at Madison Square Garden last night, but the only reason they secured one point in the standings was Rask's clutch play late in regulation. The score was tied at 3 with less than a minute left in the third period when New York's Rick Nash streaked down the right wing with the puck. Nash toasted Milan Lucic with a strong move along the boards and skated in alone on Rask. Rask stoned Nash's shot, and was able to cover up as Marian Gaborik attempted to stuff in the rebound. "I think Looch was playing defense there and Nash just came around and shot a low blocker," Rask said. "I just had to react to that and then the rebound was laying there. I don't know if Gaborik got a shot off or not, but I was just doing snow angels at that point." Rask's saves allowed the Bruins to reach overtime, salvaging a point on a night when they came out flat and fell into a 2-0 hole on a pair of Gaborik goals in the first seven minutes. "It was huge," Lucic said of Rask's effort. "He's played real solid for us these first three games. We said it before, we're not looking at the past, we're looking at the future with what Tuukka can bring to this team and he's showed that so far." In overtime, Rask nearly pulled the Bruins out of the fire again, but Gaborik wouldn't be denied in his hat trick bid. After Andrew Ference failed to handle a pass from Chris Kelly at New York's blue line, Gaborik raced down the loose puck at center ice and saw nothing but a clean sheet of ice. Rask made a kick save on Gaborik's initial attempt, but the rebound floated straight up in the air. The Rangers right winger smoothly batted the puck past a helpless Rask for the game-winner. "He's got a quick snap-shot so I just closed my five-hole, and then he bats it out of the air," Rask said. "That's why he scored (41) goals last year."
Tuukka Rask firmly entrenched
Boston Herald | Jan 24