Business picked up in the third period and overtime, but for about 40 minutes, Game 1 of the New York Rangers-Boston Bruins felt like the hockey equivalent of “three yards and a cloud of dust” football. In other words, there wasn’t much room for the creative scorers to get things done.
Such a notion wasn’t lost on Tuukka Rask in the post-game interviews on Thursday.
“There’s not an inch of ice out there,” Rask said. “It’s going to be a hard-fought series.”
As a goalie, it’s likely that Rask prefers that style to the occasionally heart-stopping pace of the Bruins’ first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Regardless, it’s clear that the 26-year-old netminder knows that it probably won’t be easy.