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Tuukka Rask | Goalie

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 185
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Tuukka Rask is confident that whoever the Bruins chose to be his backup goaltender will be able to get the job done.
That battle is between Jonas Gustavsson (PTO) and Jeremy Smith. "All the goalies who were in camp were doing a great job," said Rask. "So I think we’re in great shape in that category. Obviously I’m trying to focus on my own job and doing that the best I can. Whenever I get rest I’m sure the guy who backs up will do a great job." Rask is the only goalie in Boston with any kind of fantasy upside heading into the regular season, but his backup's performance will dictate how often Boston can rest him. Oct 4 - 8:19 AM

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Tuukka Rask looked in mid-season form in the Bruins' 2-1 loss to Washington in Friday's preseason finale.

Rask turned away 15 shots in 40 minutes of play and was particularly stellar in the second period when he stopped at least half a dozen prime Capitals' scoring chances. The Bruins may not be the team they have been the last few years due to the trades of Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic, and may be challenged to win more than 40 games, but Rask could still post impressive save percentage and GAA numbers.
Oct 3 - 8:36 AM

Tuukka Rask is slated to get into his first preseason game on Monday night and he's projected to play in Friday's finale as well.

"It should be fun, it's been a long break," said Rask. "I've felt good. You know I'm sure I could have gotten out there if I really asked [to play]. It doesn't really matter if you start camp playing or if you wait a week. I think the biggest thing is try to feel as good as you possibly can going into the season. That's the plan for me next week. Get plenty of action." He has been practicing with his teammates while Boston has been auditioning goaltenders to be Rask's understudy. His backup will either be Jeremy Smith or Jonas Gustavsson to start the season.
Sep 28 - 9:57 AM

Bruins GM Don Sweeney wants to see Tuukka Rask play in fewer games this season.

Rask set a new career-high by participating in 70 contests in 2014-15. For his part, Rask felt that he can handle that kind of workload, but it's understandable that the Bruins would want to do what they can to keep him fresh for the final push and playoffs. It's not yet known who his understudy will be as Jeremy Smith, Malcolm Subban, and Jonas Gustavsson are all gunning for the job.
Sep 17 - 3:49 PM

Tuukka Rask feels he can handle a heavy workload again this season because it didn't take him long to recover after the 2014-15 campaign.

"I think obviously it's mentally draining when you're battling for that playoff spot and you play a lot of games in a row and stuff like that," he said. "You always feel kind of exhausted afterwards. But then when you do nothing for a week or two, then you're kind of like, 'All right, let's play hockey again.' You're kind of rejuvenated. I didn't feel like I took too much time than usual." He played in a career-high 70 games last season, which was the third most in the league. Rask's 2.40 goals-against average and .922 save percentage suggests he wasn't overworked. The Bruins don't have much experience behind him, with Malcolm Subban, Zack McIntyre and Justin Smith as backup options, so it should be another busy season for the Finnish netminder.
Aug 11 - 9:59 AM

Tuukka Rask admitted that the 2014-15 season was taxing physically as well as mentally.

"I'm fine playing 70 games, or even more," he said. "When you play a lot, and when you're battling for a playoff spot the games become more important and it wears on you mentally. It wears on anybody." Rask also said, "You play 70 games, (do you) physically feel good or physically feel bad? It's just a matter of what kind of games they are, and this year the games were tough." If that's the case the Bruins will probably look to keep his appearances down a bit more in 2015-16.
Apr 14 - 8:34 AM

Tuukka Rask believes the Bruins got what they deserved by missing the playoffs.

"I don’t know what the word would be, but it’s disappointing…really disappointing," said Tuukka Rask. "But we had so many chances to fix our game, play better and clinch a spot…and we didn’t. So at the end of the day you get what you deserve, and this is exactly what we deserve. We did have 96 points, so a lot of years that would have been good enough. So you can’t say that we totally tanked, but we couldn’t take that last step." The 28-year-old posted some decent numbers this season but he just didn't look as confident as he did in previous seasons. Rask finishes with a 34-21-13 record with a 2.30 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage.
Apr 12 - 10:08 AM

Tuukka Rask made 23 saves in the Bruins’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Lightning on Saturday night.

Big changes could be in store for the Bruins, who were a shadow of themselves this season. Thus ends a streak of seven seasons in a row in which they reached the playoffs. Rask ends the year with a 2.30 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. Draft him among the top goalies next season.
Apr 11 - 10:55 PM

With their season on the line, Tuukka Rask will take the Bruins' net on Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In short, the Bruins need to win and need the Penguins to lose in order to crawl into the playoffs. For his part, Rask owns a 34-21-12 record with a .922 save percentage and a 2.31 GAA through 69 games this season. He's also posted 40 Quality Starts against eight Really Bad Starts as well. Finally, Rask is 9-2-0 versus Tampa Bay life time with three shutouts and 27 combined goals against.
Apr 11 - 4:56 PM

It will be Tuukka Rask in goal for the Bruins in a must-win contest Saturday night against Tampa.

The Bruins need to win this game and hope that Ottawa loses to Philadelphia and the Penguins take no more than one point against Bufalo in order to make the playoffs. Although all this is possible, the Bruins have put themselves in a difficult spot by playing poorly this week in previous must-win games against weak Carolina and Florida teams. If you have Rask, you might as well start him and hope for the best.
Apr 11 - 8:48 AM

Tuukka Rask allowed four goal on 30 shots in the Bruins 4-2 loss to the Panthers on Thursday night.

It's Rask's second loss in as many nights, as the Finnish star has allowed seven goals in two key defeats which have pushed the Bruins out of a playoff spot. Rask is 34-21-12 this season with a .922 save percentage and 2.31 goals against average.
Apr 9 - 11:21 PM

Tuukka Rask made 30 saves but the Bruins couldn't put the puck past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and fell 3-0 in Washington.

The Bruins entered the game with five consecutive wins but the loss Wednesday was costly for them. The Bruins now trail the Detroit Red Wings by two points for third place in the Atlantic Division. Each team has two games remaining. Boston is also in the race for a wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Bruins, who visit the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday and the Florida Panthers Saturday, are one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins and tied with the Ottawa Senators. The Bruins would be in bad shape now were it not for Rask's contributions. The veteran goalie has allowed only nine goals in his past six games. He is 34-20-12 on the season with a goals-against average of 2.28 and a .923 save percentage.
Apr 8 - 11:02 PM

Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes for Wednesday’s contest with the Capitals.

Rask will play in his 68th game of the season Wednesday night where he will look for his 35th win of the year. He has the tenth best goals-against-average in the league at 2.27 and sixth best save percentage at .924. Rask has won five straight games allowing just six goals combined during that span and the Bruins will rely heavily on their franchise goalie as the Bruins battle for a playoff berth.
Apr 8 - 5:13 PM

Tuukka Rask has already made a career high 67 appearances this season.

If he plays in Boston's last three contests then he'll match the 70 contests he appeared in last season, with the playoffs included. "I think he's handled it well," said coach Claude Julien. "When you look at the way he's played lately, he's played extremely well. So it's not like we're seeing really signs of fatigue on his part." Rask has won his last five starts.
Apr 8 - 8:37 AM

Tuukka Rask made 27 saves in the Bruins’ 2-1 shootout victory against Toronto on Saturday night.

Rask gave up the lone goal 14:31 into the second period. Rask has won five games in a row, posting at least a .900 save percentage in six consecutive. On the year, he has a 2.27 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. Rask makes the Bruins a legitimate contender in the East.
Apr 4 - 10:05 PM

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C1David Krejci
2Patrice Bergeron
3Ryan Spooner
4Chris Kelly
LW1Brad Marchand
2Matt Beleskey
3Zac Rinaldo
RW1Loui Eriksson
2David Pastrnak
3Brett Connolly
4Jimmy Hayes
5Joonas Kemppainen
6Seth Griffith
7Tyler Randell
D1Zdeno Chara
2Torey Krug
3Dennis Seidenberg
4Adam McQuaid
5Zach Trotman
6Matt Irwin
7Kevan Miller
8Joe Morrow
G1Tuukka Rask
2Jonas Gustavsson