Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask comes back to the Bruins fresher than ever
"I don't think I'm allowed to wear it (in the NHL)," Rask said regarding the helmet. "I'll put it on a shelf at home, I guess."
Rask came back to the Bruins on Thursday. Five days ago he was the reason team USA lost. The performance he gave in Olympics were a testament to his ability as a goaltender. He had an amazing .938 save percentage and a 1.73 GAA. He is the kind of player who can be relied on to toughen up when the going gets tough. He delivers when his team needs him to perform at his best and overall is a very talented goaltender.
Regarding the Olympics, Rask said that it was the kind of tournament in which the best of the world would come together and play each other, so it was no ordinary sport. He said he was proud of the way his team played at Olympics and the experience was exhilarating.
"It's a great tournament. It's a tough tournament," Rask said. "You're playing against the best players in the world. It's not the same situation as in the NHL, but it's still a battle. It was great. A great thing for Finns to get that medal. Nobody expected us to win it."
Rask came to Boston on Monday from his flight to North America which departure on Sunday night. The Bruins know how valuable of an asset Rask is and are doing what they can to keep him safe. The playoffs are just 7 weeks away and the Bruins definitely do not want to end up losing a goaltender of this caliber to injury just when they will need him the most.
"I feel good. I mean, I only played four games (for Finland), so it wasn't like it was an exhausting experience (to) that point,” Rask said. “Then, obviously we had some time to relax there and just enjoy the experience, and on the way back I slept the whole flight."