WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Bruins coach Claude Julien has no issue when goaltender Tuukka Rask shows his emotions on the ice.
Rask has been known to shatter a stick or two, throw a milk crate filled with pucks and inflict harm on the goal posts and boards. The Finnish netminder is a competitor and only wants to win.
He pulled a nutty after Boston lost 3-2 in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night at TD Garden. After the Blues’ Derek Roy scored in the fourth round of the shootout to win, Rask slammed his stick against the post, on the ice, against the boards and finally splintered it in the hallway outside the Bruins’ locker room.
"He was frustrated,” Julien said after the team’s practice Friday morning at Ristuccia Arena. “We’ve seen worse. We’ve seen a crate go flying before and that’s just Tuukka. He’s got that temper that sometimes you wish he’d kind of hide it a little bit, and hold on for at least a minute and do it behind closed doors, but that’s just the way he is.
“That’s his personality. He had a new stick in his hands today and I think he finally destroyed the other one after a few tries. I’m just doing the same thing as you guys; I’m laughing it off. It’s just a frustrated goaltender that really takes a lot of pride in winning games. No matter what he does, if he feels he didn’t pull his load, he’s going to be like that.”
Even in the locker room after the loss, Rask was swearing in his native tongue, and when asked to translate, he answered: “F---.”