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Bruins’ Rask pulled in second period against Kings

Jan 9, 2014, 11:52 PM EDT

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In a battle of two big, bruising teams from different conferences, it was the L.A. Kings that got off to the fast start against the Boston Bruins.

And that meant goalie Tuukka Rask was given the hook early in the third period after allowing three goals on 18 shots. The team in front of him didn’t give Rask much help – the shots at one point were 23-7 for L.A.

The Kings got goals from Justin Williams and Alec Martinez just one minute and one second apart in the second period to gain a 3-0 advantage over the Bruins. That spelled the end to Rask for the evening. Chad Johnson came into the game in relief.

  1. blomfeld - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:57 PM


    Come on you guys, let’s really ‘give it’ to these people !

  2. namriverrat69 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Well put Mr. Blomfeld. The Kings carried the plan out to perfection. It is nice to have Quickie back and playing so well.


    • blomfeld - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:17 AM


      Kings 4, Thuggery 2 …

      Namriverrat and other friends … we ‘did it’ man just like I knew we would ! :)
      The thugs from from Boston were ‘dealt with’ in no uncertain terms and this morning fans throughout the entire are celebrating ‘wildly’ no doubt ! I will never forget that warm June evening last spring, when I came home from the golf course and turned on my TV to watch the Hawks/Bruins SC final. The sight of some demented 7 foot tall human ‘freak’ throwing Canadian and American hockey heroes around like rag dolls was simply too much to bear and so I switched my TV off immediately in disgust. Fortunately Toews & crew went on to prevail in the end which was a ‘good’ thing as Martha Stewart might say … and now we Kings have taught these heathens a lesson ! You just gotta love it man ! :)

      GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

  3. bencia823 - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Apparently the LA Kings disagree with that story about how Rask has been the best goalie in the league

  4. sclairebear - Jan 10, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    I’m not a math major, but the story doesn’t add up. It says Rask gave up 3 goals on 18 shots (21 shots) but that the shots were 23-7 for LA.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jan 10, 2014 at 6:57 AM

      Take the 18 and subtract 3 – Rask had 15 saves. He was pulled after the 18 shots (3 of which went in). Chad Johnson had the rest of the saves and gave up one goal.

      P.S. GKG!!!!

    • patthehockeyfan - Jan 10, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Actually, re-reading the article, it does imply that there were 23 SOG while Rask was still in the game. I understand your confusion / question now.

      But, repeating myself here, Rask faced 18 shots – not 21. He had 15 saves.

      Plus, Rask was pulled at the 1:45 mark of the SECOND period, not the 3rd period as the article here states. C’mon PHT! Get it together!

  5. matt14gg - Jan 10, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    He’s had a few of “those nights” lately. Sometimes Rask gets a little out of whack technique wise and when he does you can see him lose his net and, as he says, “go for a swim”. The one good thing is that Rask usually gets it back pretty quickly and goes on a run of a few weeks where he’s unbeatable. The Bruins are going through some trying times at the moment, with injuries, a tough road trip and some slumps, but the good thing is that, even when they go bad, they don’t usually fall off the cliff like say Toronto. They usually fight through this kind of thing and right the ship before too much damage is done.

    Oh, and look for them to make a trade for a veteran defenseman soon. My guess is Marc Stuart.

  6. nhstateline - Jan 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    The Bruins D was like swiss cheese more than Rask was bad. And there’s no reason to minimize how good the Kings are, they’re very good. The Bruins D needed to make this way harder on the Kings than they did. Can’t let a good team like that have an easy night in your own end. This was way too easy.
    This trip is good for the Bruins management team that’s the silver lining. We’re finding out that as constituted they aren’t good enough to win the Cup. Some of this will take care of itself when Kelly and Thornton come back but that’s not the real problem: they miss Seidenberg. The more difficult questions are these: how much are they willing to give up that could be part of the next couple of years to add a piece for this year and how does the money work to make the team better without having to take a piece off the current roster ? They have a young group coming up that they might be well served by keeping and having a better team for the next few years or they’re close enough now that with the right piece they could win the whole thing. This is not an easy decision but this trip is showing that, if they want to win this year, they really need another top level D.

    • lordstanley65 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      You are absolutely right, and they do have some young assets they could trade, but I think back to Kaberley and Corvo, and shudder!

      • nhstateline - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        true but they also acquired Kelly and Peverley the same year they as Kaberle and those guys were huge in winning the Cup. This trip reminds me of what happened in 11 when they played a weekend home and home series with the Wings in early February. The Wings were clearly the better team in both games and a few days later the B’s started making moves. The Kings wee a cut above last night and the Ducks found every single weakness the Bruins have and scored goals off of them thus showing that real problems exist that could be fixed. The sky isn’t exactly falling either. It’s a very good team but it just doesn’t seem quite as good without Seidenberg. Probably not good enough to win a series against a Western Conference champ right now. They have more chips now than they did then but could also stand pat, see what happens, have more or less the same team with a lot of depth next year (based on how it’s going, if the cap goes up, they’ll keep Iginla if he wants to stay I would think)..

  7. montrealbbr - Jan 10, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Haha I bet the Bruins are sorry that they got rid of Tim Thomas and signed this bum instead! Rask is so overrated its not even funny. I mean do you think Price, Miller or Lundqvist would look this bad if their second best defencemen went down? Dont worry though your tough guy fourth liner will be back soon and if any opposing players get hot you can just send him out there to punch him from behind!

    • thesportsjudge - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      How has it felt standing on the streets of Montreal waiting for the victory parade for 20 years?

    • stepanup - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Yes, I do think Price would look bad if they were missing one of their best defensemen. You do realize that Price had a 2.59 GAA and a .905 sv % last year, right? Speaking of overrated by a fan base…It does make me happy when you comment though, because it reminds me that every stereotypical reason to rag on Montreal is alive and well.

      Please turn the volume up for this one:


      And then you couldnt even win a fight when you started 3:

      • drewzducks - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        The Habs aka the Crash Test Dummies. Beaten up and beaten down. Same story every Spring. When do les Expos start up again ?

    • amityvillefun - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      You are a trolling D-bag.

      The Habs are overrated. See you in playoffs Smurfs.

      With a guy like Subban on your team, you should just shut up. He’s as cheap and cowardly as anyone in the league.

    • lordstanley65 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Don’t sweat it,Habs. Colin will take care of everything.

  8. terrier92 - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Team is going through a rough patch and Tuuka has not looked right his last few starts. Shoot it happens in a long season however painful for us fans to watch.

    Bottom line get it fixed and be ready for playoffs for that is all that really matters as this team will be in playoffs.

  9. joey4id - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Mistakes! Mistakes! Mistakes! Boychuck unforced error in d zone – Goal! Bad penalty taken by Hamilton & bad play at blue line by Chara – Goal! Hamilton gets caught inside the offensive blue line – Goal! Not a great game by Task. Weak on 2 of 3 goals. Quick was good and LA’s overall d play was near perfect. B’s need to get back because TB are 2 points out, and have held their own, and without Stamkos.

  10. lallin66fan - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    This guy better get his game up before the Olympics. Finland is counting on you Tuukka! (no pressure…)

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