Tuukka RaskBOSTON — Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has been fantastic this season, and he did so with a little extra “flair” early on in Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which is when the Bruins needed him the most.

The Boston goalie made 10 saves in the first half of the first period, as the Bruins had some uneven play in front of him once again. Rask was sharp for much of the night, which was one of the biggest reasons the B’s were able to escape with a 4-3 overtime win.

Rask had an interesting way of describing the Bruins’ play, which at times Monday, wasn’t very pretty.

“Even today you saw the first couple of periods, it was kind of something you might expect from a Monday night game,” Rask said. “It’s a case of the Mondays, right? You’re not fully awake and you’re just kind of in a blur there. That’s what it felt there in the stands. There were people that were in it in more parts. It reflects on hockey teams, too.

“We set the bar high for ourselves, obviously, and we know how good we can be. I think we’ve maybe touched that peak at times, but we definitely haven’t been there consistently throughout 60-minute games.”

The Bruins could have probably used a trip to Chotchkie’s for a cup of coffee to wake up from their slumber, especially after zonking out after their two first-period goals leading all the way up to Sidney Crosby‘s game-tying goal with 0.3 seconds left in the third period.

The B’s won’t have to wait long to get their next bid at a 60-minute effort. They take the ice three more times this week, with games Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.