Tuukka Rask: 'I haven't seen us play so bad in a while. It was bad'

Mike Petraglia
January 01, 2016 - 12:47 pm
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FOXBORO -- In the immediate aftermath of the Bruins' 5-1 stinker to the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 Winter Classic, Tuukka Rask stormed off the ice, walked very fast on his skates and blew off some steam in the Bruins locker room. The steam was audible from the long list of media waiting to get into the room, which doubles as the visitor's locker room during Patriots' games. Once cooled off and dressed, Rask went about trying to explain how the Bruins, without Brad Marchand and David Krejci, could come out so flat in front of 68,000 fans inside Gillette Stadium. "We didn't have our legs. We weren't moving. They came out hard. We weren't making any plays. They got the first goal and then I think that might have deflated us even more. First two periods, I haven't seen us play so bad in a while. It was bad. "You would think that, especially when we're missing guys like we are, you'd have to play hard and stick with the system, and it definitely didn't look like that today." After generating just three shots in a lame first period, the Bruins had several chances to make it close in the second period. Matt Belesky's goal was waved off after the play was whistled dead. To end the period, Ryan Spooner waited too long for Mike Condon to adjust in goal and his wrist shot found Condon's glove just before the final horn of the second period. "It's a 1-0 game, 2-0, you're expecting to get that next goal and keep the game tight. But when they make it 3-0, it makes it even more difficult to climb. We never could overcome that. Overall, we didn't definitely didn't deserve to win." But again, Rask kept coming back to the mental approach of the Bruins. "I think we were just mentally not there, I guess, and weren't executing the game plan like we wanted to. We didn't skate. When a couple of little things go wrong like that, it becomes big and that's the way it looked like. We gave up a ton of scoring chances in the first two periods. That's just unlike us. For those you give up, you have to create some scoring chances and we didn't do that. "When things go wrong, you have to stick with a game plan and play your system and we didn't do that. And it just snowballs. We're trying out there and sometimes, you just don't have it. Today, we get scored on a couple of times in front of the net. It definitely hurt us." Rask was asked about the conditions and whether the wind, which NBC's Pierre McGuire noted several times in the broadcast, was a factor. "I felt fine. It felt like a normal game, a little breeze sometimes but it felt like a normal game," Rask said. "Great event but to lose like that that takes the fun out of it, obviously. Too bad we couldn't give the fans a little bit more to cheer for. "We looked flat out there and they kind of caught us off guard. It's disappointing. It's very disappointing. I really don't know what else to say."