The Boston Bruins went with first-string goalie Tuukka Rask against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Rask just finished a road trip and has looked like an average goalie the last few games. I can’t help but wonder if fatigue is playing a role in his recent form. Last night Rask let in four goals on 26 shots, and his save percentage was a subpar .846.
Rask was outplayed by Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Bernier had 41 saves and three goals against on 44 shots. If anyone thinks that Bernier is not a starting caliber goaltender in this league they need to sit and watch the game film from last night. The Bruins dropped another game, and once again I am blaming Claude Julien for not managing Rask’s workload.
Rask was shelled against the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. I cut him some slack due to the fact that it was a road trip and the games themselves were not terribly important. However, Rask let in four goals against the Maple leafs. The Leafs are an Eastern Conference team who are still holding out for a playoff spot. These are the games the Bruins need to win, and this game was more important simply because it was an Eastern Conference rival.
The Bruins and Rask need to put this stretch of four games behind them. Rask deserves some much-needed time off. He needs to rest his legs and watch a few games before the Olympic break. If Julien burns Rask out now, it’s going to be a very quick playoff exit come April.