Don’t look now but Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is one of the hottest offensive players in the NHL. Rask is riding a two-game point streak after racking up assists in each of his last two appearances, one a losing effort in Buffalo and a helper in Tuesday night’s 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.
The Bruins No. 1 netminder was happy to take some credit for chipping in to the defensive zone breakout after the victory but didn’t think it was going to factor into negotiations on a new contract with the B’s following this season.
“I don’t think they pay me to score points, but I’ve had some years where I’ve gathered some assists,” said Rask, with a smile on his face. “I’ve got a streak going with [assists in] two games, so I’ll keep that going.
“When I have time and space to make plays with the puck, I try to help out as much as I can. It seems to be working out pretty well this year.”
It’s actually Rask’s fifth straight multi-point season and the seventh of his NHL career, and puts him just two points short of the franchise record for single season points by a goalie (4), held by Eddie Johnston (1971-72), Gerry Cheevers (1976-77) and Jaroslav Halak (2018-19).
Now on to the rest of the BHN Puck Links:
*Really great story about the longstanding friendship and connection between Jumbo Joe Thornton and the late Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie. I’ve always liked Jumbo Joe personally, even if he was the wrong guy to be elevated to captain during his days with the Boston Bruins. (The Athletic)
*There was plenty to like from a Boston Bruins perspective about the Tuesday night win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Brad Marchand is usually big into the pregame antics, but Chris Wagner and Sean Kuraly were waiting for him this time around.
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*Patrick Roy is looking for a new NHL coaching opportunity, which I am all about given how raucous things were with the Avalanche when he was there previously. Roy is a high entertainment value hockey coach. (Colorado Hockey Now)
*Stick tap to David Backes as he winds things up with the Anaheim Ducks and fully admits that he’s probably headed for retirement after this season is over. He was always a leader, a gentleman and a great pro during his time with the Bruins. (The Athletic)
*Tough times for the New York Islanders, who have been shut out twice in three games and are really struggling without Anders Lee. It seems that they’re in danger of being passed by the Bruins in the East Division at this point. (NYI Hockey Now)
*For something completely different: So, there will be a season 3 of Mindhunter on Netflix? Great news. (Comicbook.com)