Tuukka Rask put the weight of the loss against the Ottawa Senators on his shoulders in the post-game press conference. Thankfully, his teammates were smart enough to know that he wasn’t to blame. The Boston Bruins went into Ottawa after taking nine out of a possible 10 points during their homestand.
Rask has been sensational this year. He has posted a record of 10-5-1 with a goals against average 1.68. The Bruins blew a 2-0 lead to eventually lose the game 4-2. During the post-game interview, Rask had said that every now and then a goalie feels as if there is a soccer net behind them. He is completely right — it happens.
I am most impressed with Rask’s ability to come out and say that he should have been better. It shows accountability and leadership. Most importantly, its something the Bruins want to see from a guy they just signed long-term.
The Bruins came out flat and were outworked, plain and simple. The Bruins will eventually have to figure out how to play 60 minutes of hockey. They continue to get out-skated and outworked by younger teams who are looking to prove something. The Senators game was just a hiccup, but these are the games that the Bruins need to be winning.
There are always negatives and positives to take out of every game. This game showed Rask’s accountability, leadership and the team’s chemistry. For one guy to put the loss solely on his shoulders and for other players to step up and say that it was a team loss is important. This is the type of stuff that separates the Bruins from other organizations. The team-first mentality is essential to winning.