While it’s true he was outplayed by Price, Rask wasn’t nearly as bad as these quotes suggest. The quantity of saves wasn’t there, but the Finnish netminder did make a number of quality stops, including this highlight-reel glove snare on a Tomas Plekanec wrister:
If nothing else, the “I was [rhymes with bit]” line gives good insight into how high a standard Rask holds himself to. He was terrific last posteason and followed that up with his first-ever Vezina nomination this year; in the opening-round victory over Detroit, he went 4-1 with a .961 save percentage while allowing just six goals in five games, notching a shutout in Game 3.
We could also be seeing the start of an elite goaltending rivalry between Rask and Price. The two are reasonably close in age (Rask’s 27, Price is 26) and seem to be in their primes — while Price was on the outside looking in with regards to Vezina nominations, he did best Rask at the Olympics and now has the edge in this series… though it’s important to remember it’s only Game 1.
Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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