While there are numerous reasons for the Bruins’ current slide — one that now has them in a tie atop the Atlantic Division — it is clear that Tuukka Rask hasn’t been at his best of late. It’s something that had him out early at practice with goalie coach Bob Essensa.
Rask, who is in his first full NHL season as the primary goaltender, has allowed 12 goals in his last four games, and has been pulled in two of his last seven. But coach Claude Julien downplayed any suggestion of Rask being overworked or tired.
“You’ve got to take it,” said Rask. “You get to be a hero, and you get to be the bad guy sometimes. Lately it’s been too much of the bad guy.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.