You could not name a Bruin who didn't play pretty well in Saturday night's impressive season-opening win against the Rangers. That certainly included goalie Tuukka Rask. But truth to tell, Rask didn't have that much to do against the Rangers. As talented as that team is, the B's largely controlled that game as Rask faced just 22 shots and few were Grade-A testers. It was quite different for Rask at the Garden yesterday in the second game of the condensed season: He still faced a modest number of shots (27) from the Winnipeg Jets, but saw far more high-quality rubber than in the opener. That included the three shots he faced in the shootout, two of which he stopped, which was sufficient to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory and a 2-0-0 start to the belated season. "I think either team deserved to win this," said Rask. "They played good, got some chances, made my job difficult." Another part of the equation: The Bruins didn't play nearly as well in front of him, with too much sloppiness and not enough emotion and intensity as in the opener. The Jets, an underrated club with talent and speed, found a lot of skating room and open shots. "We just played such good defense (Saturday), they (couldn't) get shots," said Rask. "(Yesterday there were) more of those clear, clear opportunities to score."
Tuukka Rask ready for any task
Boston Herald | Jan 22