Contrary to popular belief, Tuukka Rask is not Superman. There has been plenty times this postseason where the Bruins goalie has looked like a superhero, but instead of stopping a train or speeding bullet, Rask stopped slap shots and one-timers. And though the legend of this 26-year-old has only grown since the start of the playoffs, he’s coming off a game where, according to the score sheet, he actually looked human. After shutting out the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3, Rask let in a playoff-high six goals in Wednesday night’s Game 4 overtime loss. But if there’s a goalie in the NHL that can bounce back, it’s Rask. He said it won’t be hard for him to rebound come tomorrow’s Game 5 because in the end, defensive breakdowns were his kryptonite. “Well, every goal is stoppable but I don’t think there were any weak ones. They were just mistakes (that) piled up and I wasn’t able to bail our guys out,” Rask said. “Sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t.” For the B’s to come out on top tomorrow, they have to play better on defense. On Wednesday, there were breakdowns on nearly every Chicago goal. Among the tallies, two were on rebounds, two came from 2-on-1 odd-man rushes and Rask was screened on the other two. “They got a lot of traffic and they got those rebounds, too. I try to control everything but sometimes it just doesn’t happen,” Rask said. “I think everybody just has to be better.” The Bruins and Rask have shown an ability to bounce back after tough losses during the postseason. Before Wednesday, Rask had allowed four goals on four occasions and followed each of them up with impressive performances.
Tuukka Rask remains unfazed
Boston Herald | Jun 21