After tonight's win in Buffalo it's time to give Tuukka Rask his much due respect. Now there shouldn't be a single Bruins fan who thought Tuukka wasn't good, but he has been so highly touted that it is nice to see him getting some good playing time and showing why the Bruins traded for him.
The Bruins traded Andrew Raycroft for Rask during the 2005-06 offseason. This shows how much the Bruins wanted Rask considering Raycroft had won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2004, but had fallen out of favor in Boston after.
Tuukka has started eight games this season posting a record of 5-2-1 with a shutout to go along with it. After a first couple of shaky outings he has come around very nicely and has started the past three games while Tim Thomas rests an undisclosed injury.
Right now the Bruins are in no rush to get Rask many starts since Tim Thomas is coming off his Vezina Trophy winning season and signed a four year extension in the offseason to keep him in Boston until the end of the 2012-13 season.
Before the season began there were people out there who had their doubts about how good Tuukka good actually be in the NHL. For one thing he is still a kid at just 22-years-old and he has shown at times that he still has some maturing to do.
I think almost every Bruins fan and hockey fan alike saw his meltdown in the American Hockey League Playoffs. After giving up the game winning goal in a shootout Rask began to protest sure that it wasn't a goal, but the refs said the correct call was made sending Rask into a fury. He went on to break his stick and threw a milk crate back out onto the ice.
Still that was a good thing to happen to him. It showed he needed to keep his temper down and show that he could handle adversity. Of course his temper could also be a good thing. You can see it every time he lets in a soft goal. He fires the puck out of the net and slams his stick against the net. This will just make him work harder in the future.
It's great to see Rask finally living up to his potential. When the Bruins got Rask in 2005 I couldn't wait for him to play for the Bruins and all his hype is finally paying off. While this may be a little premature I think it's safe to say the Boston Bruins have found their starting goaltender of the future.