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Tuukka Rask: ‘The ice gets sh***y toward the end of the period’ (Video)

Tuukka-Rask-interviewTuukka Rask enjoyed yet another phenomenal game for the Boston Bruins on Monday night, shutting out the Chicago Blackhawks to help Boston take a 2-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. After the game, NBC’s Pierre McGuire asked the goaltender if rebound control is something he has worked on this year. Rask told him that it is something he is always working on, especially toward the end of the period when the ice gets all hacked up. Except, he described it a bit differently.

“It’s tough because the ice gets so sh***y towards the end of the period, so you’ve got to pay extra attention to that,” Rask explained. “It’s worked well so far. You’ve got to be ready for those crazy bounces. You never know what’s going to happen.”

Rask is not the first player to swear during an interview with McGuire during this series. The last guy who did it blamed exhaustion after the game, so it will be interesting to see if Rask tries to explain himself. Perhaps he can pull the “English is not my first language” card. With the way Tuukka has played in the 2013 playoffs, I’m sure the Bruins are fine with him saying whatever he wants.

Sidney Crosby starting with Tuukka Rask and Zdeno Chara? (Video)

Sidney Crosby is not known as a physical player. In fact, he’s the exact opposite; he’s a skilled player who has accrued just 417 penalty minutes in 470 career games. But as the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins came to a close, Crosby got into it with two different Bruins.

The Bruins were up 1-0 and managed to keep the Penguins from scoring despite Pittsburgh being on the power play to end the period. While Evgeni Malkin and Patrice Bergeron got most of the attention for dropping gloves after the period ended, what should not go unnoticed is what happened with Crosby and Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask and Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.

Sidney Crosby Zdeno CharaRask was skating off the ice after the period ended and crossed paths with Crosby as the Pens captain was headed over to the pile of players who met in the middle of the ice. Crosby gave Rask a nudge with his elbow, and Rask may have responded because Crosby turned around and went back to confront Rask. Crosby gave him a cross check. As the Bergeron-Malkin fight was being broken up by the officials, Crosby had words with Chara. Maybe it was just two captains trying to stand up for their teams.

What we do know is that Crosby did not like the physical nature of the game.

“They’re letting a lot go out there, and the more it gets like that, the more it’s going to escalate. You can only control and channel that stuff so much. You keep letting guys do that stuff, you’re just going to push the envelope. That’s something we obviously want to stay away from, but it’s kind of a natural thing when it gets like that,” Crosby said after the game, per Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The teams will play Game 2 on Monday in Pittsburgh. It will be interesting to see how the officials handle things after all the physical play in Game 1. After Matt Cooke’s hit on Adam McQuaid, I can imagine things continuing to be physical.

Kaspars Daugavins has sick shootout attempt on Tuukka Rask (Video)

Kaspars DaugavinsKaspars Daugavins got extremely creative with his sick shootout attempt against Tuukka Rask on Monday, though his move was ultimately unsuccessful.

Daugavins, who entered the shootout 1-for-2 in shootouts on the season, flipped his stick upside down and controlled the puck with the nose of his stick’s blade. As he approached Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, he did a spin-o-rama and tried slipping the puck in the net. Rask did an excellent job extending his leg to stop the shot, which allowed the Bruins to beat the Ottawa Senators in the shootout and win the game 3-2.

As Greg Wyshinski at Puck Daddy points out, Daugavins has done this move before. He scored on the same move in an AHL shootout in 2010:

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