Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask gradually increasing intensity – Boston Globe
WILMINGTON — It’s uncertain whether goaltender Tuukka Rask will get any playing time when the Bruins visit the Canadiens Tuesday night in Montreal for their preseason opener.
Coach Claude Julien might use the first real game action to get a good look at backup Niklas Svedberg, the Providence goaltender the Bruins signed to a one-way contract in June, and Malcolm Subban, who played 33 games in Providence last season.
If Rask doesn’t suit up Tuesday, he’ll see playing time soon with four preseason games in the next five days, and Rask is ready to ramp up the intensity.
On Monday, the Bruins continued training camp at Ristuccia Arena, where Rask and the rest of the goaltenders saw more simulated game action, participating in drills such as stopping screened shots.
“We haven’t had those game-like drills in the first couple of days, it’s more one-on-one, two-on-two, shooting drills, but today was good,” said Rask. “We had some good drills for the goalies. We had some goalie work before the practice, too. So that gives me and the other goalies an opportunity to push yourself and make it a game-like situation for yourself. As we move forward, we’re going to increase those drills and you know it’s going to help us goalies, too.”
Rask played in the “Black & Gold” scrimmage Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, but he said it was hard to use the game as a measuring stick for the regular season.
“I didn’t consider yesterday as a game, I tried to take it as a practice scrimmage and maybe it looked like that at times,” joked Rask, who allowed three goals against Team Chara.
“It’s a game but it’s not a game,” he added. “We haven’t had that many game-like drills out there, so it was good to get used …read more