Re: the Rask factor......
posted at 1/21/2011 3:00 AM EST
In Response to Re: the Rask factor......
[QUOTE]Where was the goal support for the kid! How many times this season when Rask starts has the team scored 3 or more goals for the kid? vs Phon- 2 goals vs NYR- 2 goals vs St Louis- 1 goal vs Mon- 1 goal vs Fla- 4 goals vs TB- 1 goal vs Atl- 1 goal vs NYI- 5 goals vs Buff- 2 goals vs Buff- 4 goals (pulled after 1st) vs Tor- 2 goals vs Minny- 1 goal vs Buff- 2 goals How in the heck can you fault the kid! Doesn't matter what kind of "veteran back-up" we have they're not going to have any more success than Rask! I think TT is the no question bonafide starter for the B's, but this talk of blaming the kid everytime he's in the net with this kind of goal support is foolish! Remember TT wasn't getting the goal support last yr. I think Rask record is a reflection of the teams play, moreso than his! Yes he's been shaky in some games, but that's to be expected when you're not playing. If TT plays anymore than 60 games this season. I'll bet ya dime to a dollar that his play will be less than stellar in the 2nd rd! Rask needs to play & TT needs rest! TT is NO MARTY BRODEUR & NEVER WILL BE! TT is not 27, he's 37. Yes a young 37 as far as NHL games is concerned. Nonetheless! The NHL play-offs are the most gruelling & hardest ordeal that ANY ATHLETE is put thru! We need a rested TT & a in the zone Rask in order for this team to get thru 4 rds.
Posted by nitemare-38[/QUOTE]
Except here's the problem with Tuuka...And I'm surprised a lot of fans don't pick up on this. While his support isn't a lot from an offensive standpoint, he still has frequently been given leads. Tonight, perfect example of his inabiilty to hold those leads. It's why his record is terrible.
1. He is always outplayed by the opponent goalie, almost every single Rask game he is the second best goalie on the ice
2. Just can't play at a stellar enough level to hold leads. The B's give him a 1-0 lead, the game gets tied. They gave him a 2-1 lead, the game gets tied. Then when it's tied, who blinks? Not Miller, but Rask...And when the team still had a chance to tie, a bad bounce goal in front, a goal that simply cannot be allowed gets through him.
3. I'm tired of the confidence battle he deals with. He is young, but since he's shown success last year, you'd think by now he can make an adjustment or two. I've been calling for the team to add a 3rd goalie now for the last month.
It's time to make some hard decisions with Tuuka. Riding him out and playing him to spell Thomas seems to just take the momentum away from the team. The team is a momentum squad, plays off the big saves of their goalie. Miller gave that to the Sabres this game. Rask gave the B's basically another ok effort, but ultimately a loser's effort.
I'm sorry, it's time to move on with Tuuka as a backup. This fear factor about the future has to stop. THE FUTURE IS NOW FOR THE B'S..