Some high expectations are being placed on the Bruins this season, and Tuukka Rask will have to shoulder much of that load. Such is the plight of a starting goaltender after all, especially one taking over for Tim Thomas.
Despite that pressure, Rask looked perfectly comfortable between the pipes as the No. 1 goalie on Saturday, leading the B’s to a 3-1 victory in the first game of the season. Outdueling reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist to boot, Rask made 20 saves in an outstanding effort that should do plenty to calm any concerns that might have been brewing.