By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — The dangolka Bruins are two video games deep in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tuukka Rask isn’t shopping for it.
The goaltender obtained the beginning Thursday night time in Sport 2 in opposition to the Hurricanes, getting uncommon motion in back-to-back days as a result of — once more — this is the playoffs.
But after shedding 3-2, Rask stated that regardless of the clear and apparent stakes of this loser-goes-home sequence, it doesn’t fairly really feel just like the playoffs on the market.
“Contemplating I had 4 months off … I’m not in prime form. However I’m attempting to get there,” Rask stated when requested about his bodily situation. “I’m simply attempting to have enjoyable and play the sport. I’m not stressing an excessive amount of in regards to the outcomes and whatnot. , it’s August and I haven’t performed hockey. So simply go on the market and have enjoyable, and see what occurs for me.”
Rask was then requested in regards to the Hurricanes coming into his crease, and the veteran goaltender reiterated that the depth on the ice isn’t what it usually is when the playoffs usually happen.
“Properly to be sincere with you, it doesn’t actually really feel like playoff hockey on the market,” Rask stated. “There’s no followers, so it’s [like] an exhibition sport. … It’s undoubtedly not a playoff environment on the market.”
Rask was requested what he can do to mentally overcome the hurdle of the dearth of depth on the ice.
“You attempt to play as exhausting as you possibly can,” Rask stated. “Clearly, you already know, you’re enjoying a best-of-seven sequence so there’s gonna be some battles happening and whatnot. However while you play in your house rink, and also you play in an away rink, there’s followers cheering for you and in opposition to you and that creates one other buzz across the sequence. So there’s none of that. So it simply feels, like, uninteresting at instances.”
Rask added: “There’s moments that, OK, there’s little scrums and whatnot. … There’s no environment. So it looks like an exhibition sport. However, you already know, we’re attempting our greatest to type of ramp up and get energized and make it really feel like a playoff sport.”
Rask’s honesty is, clearly, fairly attention-grabbing. However a mantra of “simply have enjoyable and see what occurs” isn’t one which’s more likely to be obtained effectively by a rabid fan base that’s hoping and planning for a long term by means of these distinctive playoffs, after seeing the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins season lower quick again in March.
How Rask’s feedback resonate together with his teammates can be extra vital, although. Rask’s efficiency has been tremendous however not excellent — he’s stopped 48 of 54 photographs by means of two video games — however his admission that he’s “not stressing an excessive amount of in regards to the outcomes” is most likely not what the Bruins need to hear from their goaltender, after they know that three extra losses will formally finish one of the promising Bruins seasons in historical past.