Tuukka Rask is the backbone of the Boston Bruins. No surprise, right? The guy has been an absolute stud this year. Against the Pittsburgh Penguins, he did it again. Rask saw 31 shots in another lackluster effort from the Bruins.
At one point, the Penguins outshot the Bruins 10-2. The only reason why the Bruins went ahead was because Brooks Orpik fanned on a puck at the point. The Bruins eventually took a two-goal lead, giving Rask some breathing room. The problem is that the Bruins did not look good in the beginning of the first,and the Penguins out played them in the second. If it wasn’t for Rask, the Bruins could have very easily dropped three points.
My question to Claude Julien and the Bruins is when will it finally be enough? When are the Bruins going to tighten up the defense, when are they going to come out with some more energy and enthusiasm, and when are they going to stop leaning on Rask to win games all by himself.
What happens when he gets hurt one day? I know Chad Johnson may be a suitable backup to Rask, but that’s all he is at the moment. If something happens to Rask at any point this season, the Bruins are going to be in a bad place, and I’ll have to start listening to people talk about Tim Thomas again.