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from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
What the Bruins have done in recent weeks, basically, is hover in place. They’ve gone neither up nor down.
• They lost key right winger Loui Eriksson, who made the smart business move to Vancouver. They replaced him with another right winger (or center) in David Backes. They likely lose some scoring and gain some grit. Both guys are known as strong and responsible defensive forwards. So, all and all, it’s pretty close to an even tradeoff.
• The B’s re-signed defenseman John-Michael Liles, a good move at a cut-rate $2 million.
• Dennis Seidenberg was bought out. As sad as it is to see Sides go, one of the nicest men we’ve gotten to know here, he clearly lost a lot, and the $2.8 million in salary-cap savings next season could be invaluable.
• Riley Nash seems a decent pickup, even if only of the fourth-line variety.
You can talk about all this stuff. But there’s really only one key for the 2016-17 Bruins — Tuukka Rask.
The B’s erstwhile Vezina Trophy goaltender has to play better than he did last season, maybe even the last two seasons, or it’s mighty hard to see this team being much more than a mediocre also-ran. Last season, his goals-against average (2.56) and save percentage (.915) were by far the worst of his five seasons as the No. 1 netminder for the Bruins.
from Darren Hartwell of NESN,
Thursday night provided the chance for Tuukka Rask to voice his complaints, as the Bruins netminder was victimized by a juicy rebound on a breakaway that led to Phillip Di Giuseppe’s overtime goal in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 3-2 win.
“I mean, I’ve had it with these three-on-three overtimes,” Rask said after the loss. “It’s just scoring chance after scoring chance. But, you just try to win the games, right? I was hoping (the Bruins) would score a quick goal like last game (against the Tampa Bay Lightning), but it didn’t happen.”
The Bruins have had plenty of experience with the new format of late, as they’ve now gone to overtime in four consecutive contests, winning two and losing two. The extra frames have been especially taxing for Rask and backup Jonas Gustavsson, who was able to fend off the Lightning on Tuesday before Brad Marchand delivered the OT game-winner.
“It’s usually just wide-open shots, breakaways or two-on-ones,” added Rask, who made 25 saves on 28 Carolina shots. “And there are no wide-angle shots or point shots. It’s just scoring chances.”
read on for more on the Bruins OT loss to the Hurricanes...
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Tuukka Rask does not like change. While other goalies regularly freshen paint jobs on their masks, the Bruins puck-stopper has made a habit of his regular design: Rask on the chin, bear claws around the spoked-B on the temples, the Finnish flag on the back plate.
But so far, an in-season skate swap has paid off.
This season, Bauer released a prototype of a new goalie skate. Most goalies wear skates with the boots tucked into plastic cowlings. The cowlings help to protect goalies’ feet from pucks. But the cowlings also restrict how far goalies can lean into their inside edges before the plastic slams into the ice.
Bauer’s new Supreme 1S did away with the cowlings. Rask first played with the 1S skates in a 3-2 loss to Colorado on Nov. 12.
“It’s a bulky, plastic part. It’s traditional. The way it’s been forever,” said Garnet Alexander, Bauer’s director of development services. “What we’ve done is remove that cowling and just had a built-up toe cap. It allows the goalie to get a better angle of attack on the ice. They’re able to make a better push with moving laterally. Goalies are telling us they can get a foot on each post, get that low, and still have grip on their skates. The cowling was touching the ice, so it was limiting the angle of attack.”
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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The last thing the Boston Bruins want, or need, right now is anything approaching a “goalie controversy” for their hockey club.
The B’s clearly are not there yet when it comes to flip-flopping the roles and responsibilities between Tuukka Rask and Jonas Gustavsson, and are much more focused on being a team on the upswing while quietly taking seven of their last eight points. But there’s a big question of which goaltender gets the starting nod against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night after Gustavsson backstopped the Black and Gold to a Friday night win over the Islanders while stopping 22-of-25 shots.
The Swedish backup netminder wasn’t standing on his head by any means. But he was making key saves in moments when the Bruins really needed them in order to get a good result.
It was the exact kind of performance that they couldn’t get out of Niklas Svedberg last season, but had gotten accustomed to with Chad Johnson and Anton Khudobin in years past.
from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
This just in from Toronto Star columnist Bruce Arthur from TSN’s The Reporters, a suggestion that the Edmonton Oilers can’t count on new acquisition Cam Talbot, so should have offered up Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in a trade for Boston goalie Tuukka Rask.
Here’s how the conversation played out as the sportswriters described the key moves at the NHL trade deadline:
Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons: “I like the move that sends Cam Talbot to Edmonton. Edmonton is now Canada’s team. They’ve become that. Connor McDavid is going there. Peter Chiarelli is there. (Todd) McLellan is there. They’re putting all the pieces in place. They had to trade for Talbot in New York. We don’t know what it’s like to go from playing behind one of the best defences in the NHL to playing behind one of the worst, but we’re going to find that out. We’re going to find out whether this guy is real or whether he’s not. Because if Edmonton has real goaltending, they’ve got chance to do some business.”
“That’s a lot of pressure in Cam Tablbot,” countered Arthur. “We don’t know what he is really. He doesn’t have a huge NHL resume. If I was the Oilers, I would have called Boston, I would have said, ‘How much for Tuukka Rask?’ If it’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, I’d do it. Because that’s one of the five goaltenders you can depend on year after year. Cam Talbot? They’re panning for gold a little bit. But the pressure is on Edmonton to produce while Connor McDavid is on an Entry Level Contract.”
Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated added:
First, Mike Smith of the Arizona Coyotes may want to take this one back...
Below, the saves of the night.
via the CP at Sportsnet,
When asked after the game if Rask noticed the laser being pointed at him, he was quick to dismiss it.
“At me? No,” said Rask, who allowed five goals on 23 shots before leaving 7:17 into the third.
Although the Finnish goalie did notice the laser being directed elsewhere.
“You know, I saw it in the second, but it was in the offensive zone,” said Rask. “Good thing I didn’t go blind or anything.”
Watch the incident below...
from Chris Villani of the Boston Herald,
No one questions whether Tuukka Rask is among the NHL’s best goaltenders. He’ll likely win the Vezina Trophy this year and, believe it or not, his 1.87 goals against average is the best of any goalie in the postseason. Still, if the Bruins are going to make this a long spring for Hub hockey fans, he needs to be better.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of blame to assign as the Bruins get set for Game 4 of their conference semifinal series, trailing the Canadiens 2-1. The top line has been absent, the B’s have not created enough quality chances or buried the ones they’ve had, and the inexperience of a young defense corps has started to show. Oh, and I suppose we need to give some credit to the Habs somewhere in there as well.
But that’s where having the best goaltender in the league comes into play. A college hockey coach told me that nearly every goal in hockey is the result of two or three mistakes, and a great goaltender has to be, literally, that last line of defense. In Game 3, all three Habs scores while Rask was on the ice were the result of defensive breakdowns. Kevan Miller lost Tomas Plekanec on the first one, everyone forgot about P.K. Subban coming out of the penalty box on the second, and the back line let Dale Weise get behind them on the third.
Three times, Rask was put in the unenviable spot of having to bail out his team and make a big-time save. Three times, he came up empty.
Via Matias Strozyk on Twitter, big news regarding the Finnish team ahead of this morning's semifinal game between Finland and Sweden (7 AM EST, NBCSN/TSN):
The Finnish Ice Hockey Association confirms:
Rask on the goal via the Boston Globe,
“I gave up that (the?) worst goal of my career probably there.”
The Bruins lost in the shootout 3-2 to the Blues.
from Steve Silva of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
The Bruins No. 1 goaltender who shined through much of the postseason, said he would like to remain in Boston for the long tern.
"That would be an ideal situation, I think to play here forever," Rask said. "I hope we can make that happen."
Chiarelli was asked how much he'd want to get a new deal for Rask done so that the team wouild have an idea where the rest of the summer might go from there.
"Well, you’d like to get everything done quickly," Chiarelli said. "I don’t know if I’ll have that luxury, but certainly I’ll try just so you have your certainty on your team and cap and all that. He’s obviously had a terrific playoff and we’d like to get him done as soon as we can."
Rask was asked if he believes he's proven himself with his performance this season.
"I don’t think I have to answer those questions anymore," he said. "I played good. Proved everyone again that I was capable of doing it. I mean you look at the numbers. They’re good. If I just analyze my game and by how I felt throughout the year I thought it was a great year. "
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The trade that sent Tuukka Rask to the Boston Bruins could have been made without the emerging superstar involved.
According to those close to the deal, the Bruins would have happily accepted young goaltender Justin Pogge in exchange for Andrew Raycroft.
The problem at the time was, Leafs general manager John Ferguson was uneasy about moving Pogge, wasn’t convinced Rask was better and wouldn’t agree to move Pogge because he had won the gold medal playing for Team Canada at the world junior championships that year.
Ferguson told his senior staff that “we’d get killed for trading the gold medal goalie,” so he agreed to make the deal with Boston, which was questionable at the time and looks horrendous in retrospect.
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Tuukka Rask can't handle the 'changeup' from Carl Hagelin.
from Pat Pickens of Slap Shot,
At the start of the Rangers’ series with the Boston Bruins in the N.H.L. Eastern Conference semifinals, most fans and pundits gave New York a sizable advantage in goaltending.
It is no secret that Henrik Lundqvist is one of the league’s best goalies. He is the defending Vezina Trophy winner and was nominated for the award again this year. He was hot entering the Boston series, with a 120-minute scoreless streak and .947 save percentage.
Yet, through two games, it has been Lundqvist’s counterpart, Tuukka Rask, a fellow Scandinavian, who has given his team the edge.
Rask’s 35 saves Sunday helped Boston win Game 2, 5-2. He has surrendered four goals on 72 shots in the two games and used his showdown with Lundqvist to keep his focus.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
BOS and netminder Rask agreed to terms on one-year, $3.5M deal
BostonBruins.com —Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following the update regarding goaltender Tuukka Rask who was injured during the Bruins/Islanders game on Saturday, March 3:
“Tuukka Rask sustained a lower abdomen strain/groin strain and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks.”
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed goaltender Marty Turco to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed at this time.
Turco will be placed on waivers and if he clears waivers, he will join the Bruins on Wednesday, March 7. Please also note that if he does clear waivers, he will not be eligible to play in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs should the Bruins qualify, as he is joining the club after the Trade Deadline.
Rask left today’s game with an injury suffered on this play.
Reports are Claude Julien said post-game that Rask will not be making the upcoming two-game road trip but did not mention what type of injury.
Determining a first overall pick in this year’s fantasy hockey drafts is anything but easy, but we probably know this much: the first overall pick won’t be a goalie. Yet a goalie is an important investment to fantasy hockey teams, since only two goalies can be responsible for four out of a team’s ten stat categories in many fantasy hockey leagues. The need for solid goaltending explains why many starting goalies can fly off the board early in fantasy hockey drafts.
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Today’s three cheers (an all-goalie edition!) for those who deserve as much from their performances of a night ago:
***Cheers to Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin, who turned aside 26 Florida shots in the Oilers 3-2 win over the Panthers, for his second win in as many outings on the young season. After off-ice woes and injury problems recently, Khabibulin’s solid start to 2010-11 is a great sign for both he and a young and exciting Oilers club. If he can return to form and stay healthy, the many pundits who automatically tabbed Edmonton for the Western Conference cellar will end up looking awfully silly come season’s end.
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If there was ever a National team program historically greater than the sum of its parts, it would be Team Finland. Despite not having the offensive depth of many of their Elite Seven rivals, the Finnish National Team has repeatedly fared well in recent international best-on-best competition. After enduring many decades of lopsided defeats internationally at the hands of Canada, the former Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and longtime nemesis Sweden, the Finnish hockey program made great strides in the 1990’s, culminating with a World Championship in 1995. In addition, Finland has won more Olympic Hockey medals (1 silver, 2 bronze), than any other nation, since the introduction of NHL players to the Games in 1998.
Finland’s success can be attributed to a strong emphasis on teamwork and the fact that unlike their European rivals, hockey is indisputably the number one sport in their homeland, which has led to the implementation of adequately funded development programs and a strong domestic league in SM-liiga. More than any other European team, Finland employs a fast skating, tight forechecking, North American style of play, augmented by strong defensive zone coverage and consistently elite goaltending. The rinks in Finland have been adjusted to enhance the tight forechecking style of play, by adopting a size that is halfway between the dimensions of NHL and IIHF standards. Furthermore, in an effort to aid the National Team’s development programs, numerous goaltending schools have been created, and often led, by the country’s top puck stoppers. This has led to the emergence of many elite young goalies in the NHL, such as Tuukka Rask, Pekke Rinne, Antti Niemi and perhaps Kari Lehtonen, if he can find health and consistency in a Dallas Stars uniform.
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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Tuukka Rask didn’t even make it onto the rookie of the year ballot (Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, Colorado’s Matt Duchene and Buffalo’s Tyler Myers are this year’s finalists), but the Bruins netminder has his eye on another piece of hardware, the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
more and other observations from last night…
from Chris Iorfida of CBC Sports,
Let’s preface this by stating unequivocally that Jimmy Howard is having a tremendous rookie season, as we know Detroit Red Wings fans (and some of the team’s beat men) are known to scour the internet for any perceived slight to one of their own.
Howard has allayed doubts over his NHL future that began to creep in after spending a healthy number of seasons in the AHL.
A consensus has seemed to emerge among many hockey pundits that the Calder Trophy trio of finalists will be Buffalo’s teenage defenceman Tyler Myers, Colorado centre Matt Duchene and Howard.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask hasn’t seriously entered the discussion among most observers, and it seems to be solely related to the fact that Howard has started 21 more games (as of April 5).
Because nearly all other statistical indicators favour Rask over Howard….
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed goaltender Tuukka Rask to a two-year contract extension through the 2011-12 season.
The Providence Bruins hosted Albany last night and after the game goes scoreless through overtime, goalie Tuukka Rask loses his cool after two questionable calls in the shootout.
added 1:06pm, The Bruins Blog has more on the incident including comments from Rask.
from the Boston Globe,
Tuukka Rask learned Lesson 1 about NHL goaltending twice in less than 24 hours this week. Gotta be sharp at the drop of the puck, no matter when, no matter where.
“You learn when you play, and that’s what I’m learning now,” the Bruins’ sudden starter said after practice yesterday, as his travel-weary teammates packed their bags for three more road games in five days, beginning with the red-hot Maple Leafs tonight.