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Bruins’ Rask doesn’t want to 'get embarrassed' again in next start

Matt Kalman
October 06, 2018 - 2:01 pm

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has one objective for his next start, which will probably come Monday in the home-opener against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden.

“Well I don’t want to get embarrassed again when I play, I think that’s what I’m working on,” Rask said after practice at Warrior Ice Arena on Saturday. “So start from there, get out there, get a win, feel good about yourself and build on it. But you know every game’s a new game ... and if you play bad, you play good, you still flush it off and focus on the next one, so the mindset doesn’t really change there.”

Rask allowed five goals on 19 shots in the season-opening 7-0 loss at the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. He was pulled in the second period and then watched backup Jaroslav Halak, as scheduled, start against Buffalo the next night. Halak produced a 32-save shutout in a 4-0 win.

Coach Bruce Cassidy said that for now the Bruins plan to stick to their preordained goalie schedule, which includes Rask starting against the Senators.

“Most likely, yes,” Cassidy said in response to a question about Rask starting Monday. “I’ll announce it for sure [Sunday], but that’s the plan. ... We usually script it out ahead of time and we’re going to follow that plan until we don’t.”

Four days between starts could be too much time for a goaltender to stew, but Rask, now 31 years old, has learned how to not dwell on his performances.

“It doesn’t matter. Good game or bad game, you flush it out right after, move on, get some work done next time you get out there and try to get a win in your next start,” he said. “That’s kind of your mindset throughout the year, it doesn’t matter how you play.”

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