Re: So Who Played Well Tonight?
posted at 5/6/2013 3:41 PM EDT
In response to NeelyOrrBourque's comment:
Now back to Rask. Yes I think Rask should've had that Kessel goal. But, to say he needs to be better? That's a bad choice of words to use. How many times have you seen Rask scramble like a TT & make 4 saves in succession? This is where people judge goalie's wrong. They see one thing, but forget another. He stopped breakaways & odd man rushes. So, where do you want him to be better? Stop everything right? And if he doesn't he needs to be better. Sorry, but I don't buy that. Rask made enough great saves to give the B's a chance to win. That's what his job is. The rest of the team didn't give him a chance to help him give them one.
Yes, the defense is largely responsible for the loss. However, I thought that Rask could have given himself a better opportunity to make some saves on some of Toronto's chances.
1) Obviously the Kessel goal. Rask overcommitted to one side and left himself out of position when Kessel went five hole.
2) On the van Riemsdyk (no idea if I spelled that correctly) goal, Rask also overcommitted himself to one side. He obviously wasn't expecting van Riemsdyk to bring the puck to the other side of the net. I am not sure that he would have stopped it regardless, but I think he could have given himself a better chance.
3) At another point, a weak wrist shot managed to get by Rask and go off the crossbar. He went into his butterfly too early on this shot and didn't give himself an opportunity to get to the puck. Luckily, it did not go in.
I believe Rask has the capacity to play better. He is capable of stealing games. I want to see him do it in the playoffs when the rest of the B's are not on top of their game.
Maybe this past game just wasn't that game. Maybe I'm just overestimating Rask's abilities. But I really believe Rask is capable of being that good, so I hold high standards for him.