The rookie goaltender made 25 saves on 27 shots in Boston’s 2-1 loss to Philadelphia in Game 6, and he thwarted Ville Leino‘s penalty shot 12:39 into the third, providing a bit of a momentum boost for his flat squad.
“He made a good move. He got it up pretty quick, but I had just had my glove there and got the save,” Rask told Naoko Funayama on Bruins Overtime Live. “He’s got a lot of moves. You can’t expect anything. … He does different things every time.”
Rask expected his nifty glove save on Leino’s backhand to spark his club — and to some extent, he thinks it did.
“Obviously, it’s a big save on the penalty shot. I thought through the whole third period we played good hockey, and that’s how we have to play,” he said.
Of course, things would have been a bit easier if the B’s hadn’t found themselves down 2-0 with two minutes left to play. In Friday’s Game 7, they need to make sure they’re in a better position in the waning minutes.
“[We did a lot of things well], especially in the third, but it’s too late when you’re down 2-0 and then you start doing those things right,” Rask said. “I thought they came at us really hard in the first period, and that’s what they always do [at the Wachovia Center]. We were too open again in the first two periods; they got the odd-man rushes and they got some good chances.”