Bruce Cassidy: Don't put this on Tuukka Rask

Evan Marinofsky
April 11, 2019 - 11:29 pm
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BOSTON - The biggest scapegoat on the Bruins is usually Tuukka Rask and on Thursday night, with two Toronto Maple Leafs goals coming on breakaways, it'd be easy to pin the tail on the Tuukka. 

But Bruce Cassidy was adamant after the game that the B's 4-1 loss had nothing to do with his $7 million a year goaltender. 

"We've been exposed by them on those breakaways and you give up two, three in a row that period, so shame on us," said Cassidy. "I don't want to put this on Tuukka." 

Rask's most polarizing goal allowed was on the William Nylander breakaway to make it 3-1 Maple Leafs. The puck seemed to disappear through Rask's legs, off his stick and out the other side. 

He admitted he may not have played the shot right. 

"I got him where I wanted and I felt it hit my stick," he said. "I guess it was a bad save selection because it went through. I was tracking it to the corner, and it was behind in the net."

"We would have liked the breakaways, the penalty shots saved," said Cassidy. "Might be a different game." 

Rask finished the night with 29 saves on 32 shots. He was composed in the net, as he braced what felt like countless odd man rushes and breakaways from the Maple Leafs big guns. His biggest save came at the end of the second period -- the lowest point for the Bruins. 

Despite making some saves on the odd man rushes, Rask wasn't pleased with the Leafs getting such good opportunities. 

"They were very opportuntistic," said Rask of the Maple Leafs offensive front. "They get those breakaways and odd-man rushes. You've got to try to eliminate those, but it's playoff hockey, so the time and space is tough to come by. You've got to work for every inch there." 

When it came to the Mitch Marner goal on the penalty shot to make it 2-1, Rask admitted that he just got beat. 

"That was a Pasta move," said Rask. "He's done that in practice. I put my whole weight on my right foot, and then I just couldn't get there anymore. It was a nice move, fresh ice too, so I probably should've recognized that. But yeah, good move."

David Pastrnak should practice that move on him more because he got flat-out dangled. 

Although Twitter and talk radio pundits may say otherwise, this game wasn't on Rask. And this time he had his coach to back him up. 

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