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Rask: ‘I was [expletive] tonight’

May 1, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

You couldn’t blame Tuukka Rask for being disappointed after getting outperformed by Carey Price — at TD Garden, no less — in Game 1 of the Boston-Montreal series… but this might be a tad overboard:

While it’s true he was outplayed by Price, Rask wasn’t nearly as bad as these quotes suggest. The quantity of saves wasn’t there, but the Finnish netminder did make a number of quality stops, including this highlight-reel glove snare on a Tomas Plekanec wrister:

If nothing else, the “I was [rhymes with bit]” line gives good insight into how high a standard Rask holds himself to. He was terrific last posteason and followed that up with his first-ever Vezina nomination this year; in the opening-round victory over Detroit, he went 4-1 with a .961 save percentage while allowing just six goals in five games, notching a shutout in Game 3.

We could also be seeing the start of an elite goaltending rivalry between Rask and Price. The two are reasonably close in age (Rask’s 27, Price is 26) and seem to be in their primes — while Price was on the outside looking in with regards to Vezina nominations, he did best Rask at the Olympics and now has the edge in this series… though it’s important to remember it’s only Game 1.

  1. bigblueapple - May 2, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Me: ‘The ice was [expletive] tonight’

  2. numbcracker2109 - May 2, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    That goal Bourque scored was garbage. He has to be a lot better

    • bruinsyea - May 2, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      But after a bad giveaway by the Bruins D

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 2, 2014 at 3:24 AM

      I guess but you can’t make that kinda give away.

    • joey4id - May 2, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Krug’s giveaway was garbage. I gave him the moniker of “Captain giveaway” earlier this year. You can’t turnover the puck in the neutral zone like that. Bloody ugly!

  3. 950003cups - May 2, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    He wasn’t “SHlT” but he was out-dueled by Price by a lot. This is why hockey is great. Even when your team is out, you can still watch each game with excitement. I can’t say the same for NBA or MLB. NFL is there, absolutely. But they only have elimination games which adds a ton to the excitement.

  4. drewzducks - May 2, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Like to hear the honest assessment but he had no chance on the P.K. bombs.

  5. dropthepuckeh - May 2, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Bruins hit three posts and another four shots rolled across the goal line behind Price. They will be fine.

    • bigblueapple - May 2, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      No they won’t unless Rask is better going forward. Habs have been his kryponite. Simply go have a look at his career stats against them.

      Comments like this illustrate his frustration… and if that’s not proof enough, there’s this:

      • bobanddy - May 2, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        Hopefully the Bruins dont loose any shootouts this series!

      • patthehockeyfan - May 2, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        I couldn’t listen to the commentary in the video; so, I’m not sure if that was a St. Louis game where Rask was beat in a shoot-out. After the St. Louis loss (November 2013), in a CSNNE.com article, Rask was described as having “a stick-swinging nutty on the ice and was spewing out Finnish F-bombs postgame,” a description that still makes me laugh.

        Somewhere last year, I read that Rask is the most normal goalie, personality-wise. A NY Times article from February 2013 about Martin Brodeur had some hilarious descriptions of some of the more flaky goalies in NHL history. I hope the link below works.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/how-come-martin-brodeur-is-still-so-good.html?_r=0

  6. stonebullet - May 2, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Price was better tonight; no question. But the second chances, regardless of goalie or team you care for, the wide open nets, have to go in. It seemed to me like a carry over from Marchand in Detroit.

    The credo in Bruins system (like the Kings) is we have a great goalie, let him make first save, keep it outside, we clear the rest. The Bruinz had countless 2nd n’ 3rd chances. If you don’t bury those you deserve to lose because 4-5 goals were there for the taking. It’s why hockey, and this tournament, is the best thing going. Better team lost, and they deserved it.

    • stonebullet - May 2, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      Price was better tonight; no question. But the second chances, regardless of goalie or team you care for, the wide open nets, have to go in. It seemed to me like a carry over from Marchand in Detroit.

      The credo in Bruins system (like the Kings) is we have a great goalie, let him make first save, keep it outside, we clear the rest. The Bruinz had countless 2nd n’ 3rd chances. If you don’t bury those you deserve to lose because 4-5 goals were there for the taking. It’s why hockey, and this tournament, is the best thing going. Better team lost, and they deserved it.

      *deserved to lose if they aren’t gonna bury the tap-in’s*

  7. penszone757 - May 2, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    This is what makes him so good. He expects to make every save and is never satisfied. He wasn’t that bad but he wasn’t that good either but he will rebound and play a great game 2.

  8. charlieconway96 - May 2, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Exactly what I would have said. I like to hear the honesty. I’d rather hear a guy swear when referring to his play than give some party line, “well, you win some you lose some” answer.

    I don’t have a horse in this race but at the same time I think Tukka is the better goalie.

    • joey4id - May 2, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      No goallie was better than Price from Jan to the end of the season. He maintained a SV% of .941. However, Rask had the better season, but he also plays for one of the best defensive team in the league. I would rate them as even individually, but in the team concept the advantage would go to Rask precisely because of the d system in front of him. I don’t think either goalie would be better or worse if they played on the opposite team.

  9. canucks30 - May 2, 2014 at 12:55 AM

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    • ironyisadeadscene - May 2, 2014 at 6:23 AM

      Good stuff, thanks

  10. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 2, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    Chin up, Tuukka. It’s gonna be a long series and that was only one game. You’re being a little too hard on yourself.

    Both teams have some fine tuning to do but it was a great game. Can’t wait for game 2.

  11. ryanw822 - May 2, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Price was good in OT but dont let Pierre’s slurping fool anyone about Price in regulation. The only reason Boston didn’t have a 5 spot on the scoreboard is because of missing open nets or bad puck luck.

    If the Bruins play the same way tonight for the rest of the series, the only way Montreal moves on is if they sold their souls to the devil before the series.

  12. pl4tinum514 - May 2, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Bruins deserved that game in every way, but didn’t pull it out. Rask is not a better goalie than Price however. Put Price behind that Boston defense and he’d have a .980 save percentage with 1 GAA. Heck, that defense would make any goaltender look good. I haven’t seen stifling defense like that in a long time.

    Boston is loaded with talent, grit, and their players are very tough and not afraid to dish it out. The Canadiens may have won this game, but the outlook for the series is going to be heavily in the Bruins favor if the Canadiens play like that again.

  13. titansbro - May 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    If the Bs could put away the easy ones Price would’ve been chased. That score could’ve easily been 8-3.

    • kastout11 - May 2, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      Could have been 8-3, but it wasn’t. The Bruins will still win the series.

  14. kastout11 - May 2, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Rask had one bad game. I would take Rask in Philly. He will still win the Vezina Trophy and the Bruins will still win the series. Price might be better than Rask, but I think I would still take Rask.

  15. beyor35 - May 2, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Rask wasn’t great but we missed about 5 open nets and blocked 2 others from going in. If they keep playing the way they did those chances should start going in and things will be fine. Hopefully Bart doesn’t make as many mistakes the rest of the way… I was saying it earlier this week that he worries me and sure enough those mistakes from the regular season came back…

  16. montrealbbr - May 2, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    For the first time I agree with a Bruin! He did suck and I told you all that Price was better! Montreal didnt even play that great tonight and still won the game. Just 3 more of these and we can move on!

  17. bandree - May 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Don’t worry! When you face my man Fleury, Rask will look like Patrick Roy again!

  18. penvik - May 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    This is why the NHL has been frustrating in recent playoffs. The better teams shouldn’t be losing, so either the Habs ARE the better team or Boston is majorly overrated.

    Also, the reffing was horrible last night and in my opinion was reffed in favor of the Bruins. By a long shot. Subban penalty in OT in his own zone was a horrible call. Two guys duelling for space you can’t just give the guy who has good balance a penalty. Also a bad interference call was let go in OT as well. Any other team would get that call. Except probably the Penguins, they seem to be on the wrong end of calls as well. Looks like the NHL is pushing for a NYR/Boston east final. Hope it’s the opposite.

  19. shwatson - May 2, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Maybe Carey will pump his tires.🚗🚗🚗

  20. endroit12 - May 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Boston dominated for stretches you have to believe that this is just an aberration for Tuukka to a long series. Five on Five, Boston dominated as noted by them scoring 3 to Montreal’s 2 and special teams (as many writers predicted) would be the difference maker and it was. Boston gave PK too much space to wind up and shoot and they should’ve studied the tape against Tampa Bay that PK is not just a threat to rocket a shot from up but give a great pass from the top to tip in.

    Boston will rebound though, they always do and I’m sure they’ll head to the Bell Centre with the series tied 1 – 1.

    This series will go the distance and I believe it’ll be back n forth.

    Also people saying Bart should sit in favor of Meszaros are crazy.

  21. pastabelly - May 2, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    I was at the game and will confirm that Tuukka was expletive. So was the penalty kill. I don’t care that the Bruins dominated play. They were outplayed and outsmarted. I am still very tired and very pissed off.

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