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Rask Remains Up to the Task

Goalie looking to lock up number one spot

Wednesday, 01.9.2013 / 10:38 AM ET / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Rask Remains Up to the Task
Tuukka Rask was in a great mood when BostonBruins.com caught up with him earlier this week.\r\n\r\nThe Finnish goalie, who played for Plzen HC in the Czech Republic to start the season, has been working out at Boston University\'s Agganis Arena and is eagerly awaiting the start of the 2012-13 season.

BOSTON, MA -- Tuukka Rask was in a great mood when BostonBruins.com caught up with him earlier this week.

The Finnish goalie, who played for Plzen HC in the Czech Republic to start the season, has been working out at Boston University's Agganis Arena and is eagerly awaiting the start of the 2012-13 season.

"I think it’s going to be fun," he said of the Bruins anticipated return to the TD Garden. "I think it’s going to be really loud, and hopefully we get a good matchup there.

"It’s going to be special. You can’t let the emotions get the best of you, you just have to focus on the job in front of you, and try to win the game."

Rask has done plenty of winning during his pro career. Even for Plzen, Tuukka earned a 6-2-0 record with a 1.85 save percentage and a .936 goals against average. In 102 NHL contests, Tuukka holds a 47-35-11 docket with a .926 SV% and a 2.20 GAA.

The 25-year-old goalie is excited to have the opportunity to compete for the number one goaltending job in Boston and also looks forward to working with new partner Anton Khudobin.

"I think it’s a big thing for every team," said Rask of the camaraderie between netminders. "We’ve had good luck with goalies.

"Timmy and I get along really well, and I’ve known [Khudobin] for a couple of years, and he’s a great guy.

"I don’t expect us to have any issues on that matter."

But Rask joked that he's not sure he'll actually see "Dobie" anytime soon.

"He’s in Russia; I don’t even know what kind of [phone] number he has there," said Rask when asked if he had spoken to Khudobin. "I saw a couple of games when I was in [the Czech Republic]…and he looked good there, so hopefully he gets here [quick]."

For his part, Rask looked pretty good himself as he flashed the leather over the last couple of days - eliciting loud responses from his teammates for his trouble. But he understands that even in a shortened season he'll have to be at his best if he's going to lead the B's into the playoffs.

"It doesn’t matter if it’s one game or 80 games," said Rask. "I’m just trying to be my best out there, and see where it leads."

In the meantime, Rask is happy to simply be back among friends in the locker room.

"I think everyone from our team missed each other a lot," he said. "A lot of us played overseas, and we stayed in touch, but obviously we didn’t see each other that much.

"It’s going to be a fun atmosphere in the locker room for sure."

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