Tuukka Rask had a comparatively clean journey in his return to the Boston Bruins web.
Rask’s low season hip surgical procedure prompted some uncertainty. But a clean restoration and rehab positioned him on observe to return to Boston’s web forward of schedule.
The Bruins despatched Rask to Providence after sharing reps at follow with Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman throughout his on-ice rehab. But a COVID-19 outbreak throughout the Leigh Valley Phantoms prevented Rask from suiting up for the P-Bruins for the primary time in 13 years.
The Bruins signed Rask to a one-year deal price $1 million on Tuesday. Two days later, the Finn returned to his crease in opposition to Leigh Valley’s mum or dad membership, the Philadelphia Flyers.
“It felt like I was home, basically,” Rask stated of his first beginning task since June 9.
Rask and his improved hip didn’t see a lot motion early in his first begin since Game 6 of final spring’s second-round matchup with the New York Islanders. He skilled the standard rust even with a comparatively gentle workload via the primary 40 minutes. Yet, the Bruins wanted their all-time winningest netminder to again them up on a handful of events, together with on a pair of second-period breakaways from Joel Farabee and Cam Atkinson.
The 34-year-old netminder couldn’t do a lot on Farabee and Atkinson’s tallies through the center 20. The latter put the Flyers inside one with a tip-in power-play marker on Ivan Provrov’s shot. The former evened issues up with a faucet in following a breakdown by Charlie McAvoy, leading to an odd-man rush.
But Rask bailed the Bruins out via the ultimate 40, starting with the breakaway stops on Farabee and Atkinson.
Vintage Rask, certainly.
“In terms of tracking the game and playing the game and stopping the puck,” Bruins coach Bruins Cassidy stated, “it looked like old Tuukka.”
The Flyers pressured Rask just a little extra throughout every 20-minute span — six pictures within the first, 9 within the second and 12 within the third. The Bruins acquired away from their recreation just a little within the third, leaving the center of the ice open most of the time and committing a pair of unforced delay of recreation penalties in a 70-second stretch. But Rask and firm killed off Philly’s makes an attempt for the equalizer throughout 5-on-3, 5-on-4, and 6-on-5 conditions within the remaining 7:55 to safe a 3-2 victory.
Rask, who didn’t see his first shot on web till the 7:19 mark of the opening stanza, hardly seemed rusty following a 218-day layover. Be it a routine cease, discovering pucks via visitors, or delivering the clutch save, Rask settled in with every ‘feel good’ shot he confronted.
“The start wasn’t the easiest. There were no shots for the first I don’t know how many minutes. But luckily, there were a couple of feel-good shots and then you kind of get yourself in it,” Rask stated following his 25-save outing. “It was a good first game from a goaltending perspective to get those feel-good shots and get yourself back in it.”
At occasions, he needed to bail the Bruins out with three of their common blue-liners in Connor Clifton, Derek Forbort, and Matt Grzelcyk — all in COVID-19 protocol — out of the lineup. But he actually had his share of help primarily within the type of David Pastrnak’s hat trick.
“I was so happy to have him back. You have no idea,” Pastrnak stated of Rask’s return. “I told him I was going to get a hat trick for him before the game. He didn’t believe me.”
The hats got here flying for the Houdini like Pastrnak. The “Tuukk” chants got here from the TD Garden crowd every time Rask dealt with the puck.
More importantly, the wins maintain coming for the red-hot Bruins with their ace goaltender again within the saddle.
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