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Tuukka Rask era starts with Bruins win over highly-touted Rangers

Jan 19, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

Tuukka Rask

Tuukka Rask didn’t do it alone, but he did provide some evidence that the Boston Bruins will be fine even without two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Tim Thomas.

Rask assumed the starting gig after Thomas decided to take the season off. The 25-year-old netminder and Bruins were forced to hit the ground running against the highly regarded New York Rangers on a night when Rick Nash made his debut.

Nash, Brad Richards, and Marian Gaborik combined for seven of the Rangers’ 21 shots, but Rask only allowed a single goal in Boston’s 3-1 victory on Saturday.

It helps that the Bruins were able to provide Rask with plenty of seasoning before Thomas — at least temporarily — stepped away. Rask had already participated in 102 NHL games coming into the shortened season and always seemed overqualified for the backup job.

He’s been regarded as the Boston Bruins goaltender of the future for quite some time and there’s reason to believe that the Bruins should be fine now that the future is here. Of course, that’s just one game down. There’s still 47 more to go and, among other things, it remains to be seen if he can stay healthy.

  1. gallyhatch - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Bruins defense is going to be sick this year. See you in the ECF Rangers!!!

  2. vindicatus - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    It’s so good to see the Jets of the hockey world performing as expected.

    • zetaone - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      You do realize ‘the hockey world’ has a Jets team too?

    • anthonykornheiser - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      I know! 0-1, what a bunch of underachievers

    • anthonykornheiser - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      I mean the numerous thumbs down proves you know nothing, but, how ate the rangers anything like the ny jets? Jets have a loud coach who runs to the media guarantees wins and super bowls, jokes around and acts like a moron. Tortorella gets blasted for not speaking w the media, being evasive and nasty.
      Their captain even fans Of either teams like, he’s quiet, undersized, plays hard etc. Richards is quiet, Nash, gaborik, all quiet. Sanchez is a pretty boy and so is lundqvist but Sanchez is horrible and lundqvist is excellent. Other than that, you have a pt

  3. sportsfan69 - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    It look like the Ranger players forget who there team mates were on the ice. Throughout the game they would pass the puck back to a Bruins players in the neutral and offensive zones. Especially during the power plays. They looked slow and lethargic. The Bruins coaching staff out coached the Rangers organization. Games are won on the ice, not on paper. Game summary, out coached and out worked. The Bruins team deserve the win. End of story!

    • mp1131211 - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      • mp1131211 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        What? posting a link to a video now posts the whole video? Didn’t know that!

  4. fitzy187 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Tuukka Time!!!!!

  5. cowboys282 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Where are all those Ranger fans that kept saying how dominant they will be? Well what I saw tonight was that Rangers team get dominated.

    Even I was surprised how bad the Bruins took it to them. Just goes to show how good a healthy rested Bruins team can be.

  6. bayafan - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Devils won and the Rangers lost. This was a good opening day.

  7. pastabelly - Jan 20, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    Bigger question for Bruins is how an older defense is going to hold up over this short season with so many games packed in. Chara, Seidenberg, and Ferrence aren’t young. Boychuck and McQuaid need to stay healthy and Hamilton needs to develop. If not, the support Tuukka got last night, won’t last.

    • capesouth - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Talk about looking for something to complain about.

  8. johnstone17 - Jan 20, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    First game, no need for panic. Bruins were exceptional tonight in their end with a yeomans effort, Rask was solid against everything he faced. In my opinion, the Rangers looked very disjointed this first time out.

  9. mattybo - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Rangers looked like hell last year the first few games and seemed to finish alright. A bunch of their players sat home during the lockout on top of new talent on top of Gaborik coming off major surgery so it may take a bit like last year. Hopefully they get rolling a little quicker but no need for panic yet. Oh yeah, Proger has AIDs.

  10. mattybo - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Rangers looked like hell last year the first few games and seemed to finish alright. A bunch of their players sat home during the lockout on top of new talent on top of Gaborik coming off major surgery so it may take a bit like last year. Hopefully they get rolling a little quicker but no need for panic yet. Oh yeah, Pronger has AIDs.

  11. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 20, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Told you rangers fans, now I must go back and find the previous stories they were posting on saying how bad the bruins were going to be. DOMINATED!~

  12. sportsfan69 - Jan 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Remember it’s just ONE game! Enjoy it.

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 20, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      oh everyone is aware, but it’s a great start, we all know the Rangers were at a disadvantage, but it doesn’t make it any less sweet or impressive. Nash on new team/system, and The Bruins have a lot of sharp in shape guys that played overseas, Rangers didn’t. See you on Weds, it’s going to be another domination. I knew the B’s would win, but they blew them out, that could have easily been a 7-1 game. Henrik played solid like always, and there was few whiffs on great chances.

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