Tuukka Rask emptying the net in a tie game was (almost) the dumbest movie in goalie history
In defense of Tuukka Rask, it was hard to keep track of the score in Wednesday night's Boston Bruins-New York Ranger game. Both teams had a goal reviewed in the third period, first the Bruins (the goal was overturned) then the Rangers (the goal stood). That, plus a number of stand-on-his-head saves from Rask made for a high-energy, hectic affair in an empty Madison Square Garden.
That said, as a professional athlete making $7 million a year, it's not too much to ask to know the score at all times, especially if you are a goalie. With 1:07 left in the game, Rask apparently did not know the score, and in a 2-2 game he skated to his team's bench, leaving an empty net. There was no delayed penalty, either, meaning Rask had made a potentially catastrophic gaffe:
Uhhh, WHOOPS! To Tuukka's credit, he admitted that he actually thought his team was down 2-1, not that there was a delayed penalty. Have to respect the honesty:
Man, if only there was a gigantic scoreboard hanging over the ice, then we could avoid situations like this. Oh.... right....
Rask, who made 33 saves and avoided catastrophe in a 3-2 OT win, is expected to be back in between the pipes on Friday night at MSG for a second straight tilt with the Rangers. A word of advice for the netminder: look UP whenever you get the chance.