Tuukka Rask after Bruins OT loss: ‘Today I didn’t make any’ timely saves

Matt Kalman
December 17, 2019 - 11:29 pm

The nights that the Bruins could blame their goaltending for a defeat have been few and far between this season, but coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t shy away from why he felt Boston let the Western Conference’s last place Los Angeles Kings escape TD Garden with a 4-3 overtime win Tuesday.

“Some of it we didn’t stop the puck at the other end too. You expect certain key saves at a key time,” Cassidy said. “We didn’t get them and then we didn’t extend the lead at the key times. So I look at both sides of it. Certainly did enough offensively to win the hockey game, played well enough defensively. We had some breakdowns that ended up in our net, but so did they.”

Tuukka Rask, who has an eight-game home point streak (8-0-4), now has a four-game losing streak with 14 goals allowed in those four games. Against the Kings, Rask let up the game-tying extra-attacker goal with 2:01 left in regulation on a point shot by Matt Roy.

Then in overtime Anze Kopitar beat Rask at 3:23.

“I didn’t see it, but it doesn’t matter,” Rask said about the Roy goal. “I mean, you know, you’re out there, you’ve got to give your team a chance to win, make those timely saves. Today I didn’t make any. So that’s the result, you end up losing, but moving on.”

The Kings’ other goals were a tip-in by Blake Lizotte from the top of the crease on the power play, and a shorthanded breakaway by Adrian Kempe 2:45 into the second period. Kempe actually looked like he lost control of the puck, but the backhand shot slipped past Rask’ through the five-hole.

“You know what it’s a team game. I’m expecting to make those saves every night, it’s just sometimes they squeak by,” Rask said. “But today, there’s that breakaway, and then even that tying goal there, it doesn’t matter if I don’t see it, but I expect to make that saves, and then in overtime. So there’s three timely saves I don’t make. But like I said, just moving on, better next time.”

The Bruins took a 3-2 lead on a fortunate bounce of a Brandon Carlo shot off Roy’s skates and past goalie Jonathan Quick 1:24 into the third period. They then missed several chances to extend the lead, and then they outshot the Kings 3-2 in overtime, not including Patrice Bergeron’s wide shot on a breakaway.

Would one-time NHL sniper Ilya Kovalchuk, who was released by the Kings earlier in the day, have helped the Bruins put Los Angeles away? Probably not.

But Jake DeBrusk was somewhat intrigued by the idea of adding the Russian to the lineup.

“Well there’s a hole. There’s a hole there,” he told WEEI.com. “So I don’t know if it’d be more so competition [for me and other wings>. Obviously it is, maybe ice time, but he’d be I’d assume probably on the second line. I haven’t seen him play this year, though, to be honest with you. We would’ve played against him tonight and probably we would’ve got a better idea. But he probably would be on that second line, so I don’t really think it’d be competition, I think it would just more so be having a top-nine guy. But like I said, I haven’t seen him play so I can’t really comment on it.”

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