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Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask expects to rebound from shellacking

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Tuukka Rask

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Updated: June 20, 2013 10:38PM



Contrary to popular belief, ­Tuukka Rask is not Superman.

Plenty of times this postseason, the Bruins goalie has looked like a superhero. But instead of stopping a train or a speeding bullet, Rask stopped slapshots and one-timers. Though the legend of this 26-year-old has grown since the start of the playoffs, he is coming off a game in which, according to the scoresheet, he actually looked human.

After shutting out the Blackhawks in Game 3, Rask allowed a playoff-high six goals in Wednesday night’s Game 4 overtime loss. But if there’s a goalie in the NHL who can bounce back, it’s Rask.

He said it won’t be hard for him to rebound Saturday in Game 5 because in the end, defensive breakdowns were his Kryptonite.

“Well, every goal is stoppable, but I don’t think there were any weak ones,” Rask said. “They were just mistakes [that] piled up, and I wasn’t able to bail our guys out. Sometimes you do, and sometimes you don’t.”

For the Bruins to come out on top Saturday, they have to play better on defense. On Wednesday, there were breakdowns on nearly every Blackhawks goal. Among the tallies, two were on rebounds, two came on 2-on-1 rushes and Rask was screened on the other two.

“They got a lot of traffic and they got those rebounds, too,” Rask said. “I try to control everything but sometimes it just doesn’t happen.”

The Bruins and Rask have shown an ability to bounce back after tough losses. Before Wednesday, Rask had allowed four goals on four occasions and followed each with impressive performances.

After surrendering four goals in the Bruins’ dramatic overtime Game 7 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the conference quarterfinals, Rask let up a total of five goals over the next three games against the New York ­Rangers.

After his “butt flop” game against the Rangers in Game 4, when he surrendered four goals, Rask gave up three over the next five contests. And when Rask allowed four to the Blackhawks in the triple-overtime Game 1, he gave up one over the next two games.

Rask still came out of Wednesday’s loss with a superhuman 1.83 goals-against average and said he’ll easily move on.

“That’s the only thing you can do,” Rask said. “It’s the Finals. “It’s just one game. You’ve got to move on, no matter if you let in one goal or six goals — it’s a loss. Try to take the positives out of it and move on to the next. It’s not that tough.”



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