Montreal Canadiens stopped short by Boston Bruins Tuukka Rask
But when they stepped on ice against the Canadiens, it was a different story. The Bruins put up a dominating performance against them, winning the match by 4-1. Rask himself played well and had a superb game. He made 14 saves in the first period alone.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said that they threw everything they had against them and it did get pretty ugly but Rask was there to watch their back and it was due to him that they put up a great performance.
“It seems like every time we’re in this building, they come at us with that full-court press and we’re in our zone and they get a lot of shots,” Julien said. “Obviously, Tuukka kept us in their today. Whenever we can withstand that pressure, it’s given us a chance to win.”
The moment of the match for Rask came when he made an exceptional save against Max Pacioretty in breakaway and then saved again against Lars Eller. Julien said that early in the game the Canadiens pushed with power play but it was Rask who defused the situation and prevented it from getting out of hand. He added that a goal tender was a very important player and having a strong player on that position lifted a lot of burden and Rask that day proved himself to be exactly that.
“Early in the game, they got some power plays again and Tuukka stood tall in that situation,” Julien said. “But I thought everyone overall played well. You need your goaltender to be good and that’s what he’s paid to do. That’s what he did tonight and the rest of the team did the same thing.”