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Friday, November 23, 2007

Game 19: Bruins beat Maple Leafs (again) 4-2 in Tuuka Rask's debut, are 10-7-2

I can't wait until Tuuka Rask makes his Garden debut. I can just hear the "Tuuka, Tuuka, Tuuka" chants. Tuuka Rask made his NHL debut against the Toronto back up Toskala and won. The entire team, especially the defense picked up their game, and Tim Thomas was able to take a well deserved and much needed rest.

Late in the first period, Brian Mccabe on the power play took a shot that went in because of a wierd bounce. Then late in the second period, Mats Sundin's drive hit the post and went in. For both goals, Rask did not play the puck as agressively as he should. It is true that TT is a little too agressive sometimes, but Rask played VERY conservatively in net. I can't blame him, though, he was very nervous.

So the Bruins were down 2-0. Late in the second, however, on the power play, Chuck Koobasew found Phil Kessel in front of the net and the Bruins had the momentum going into the locker room. Momentum is everything in this game. In the third period, Savard, skating towards the net, passed backwards to Axelsson, who shot the puck into an open goal. Late in the third, the Bruins took the lead when Chuck Kobasew made a great move before zipping a shot by Toskala. Kobasew added an empty net goal and the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs in Toronto 4-2.

Everyone congratulated Tuuka Rask on his first NHL win. Even sweeter was that it was against the team that drafted him.


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