.@Bmarch63 and @tuukkarask hit the podium ahead of Game 7: "It’s been a special adventure with this group. Hopefully it ends on a good note….it’s gonna be a very hard-fought battle." pic.twitter.com/T2ZfmWjwMs
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 11, 2019
By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Tuukka Rask worry? Of course not.
Bruins fans will no doubt suffer from an understandably high level of playoff anxiety before and during Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday. But you can't expect the Bruins themselves to feel those same concerns, and especially not their goalie who is the favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
So when a reporter asked Rask and Brad Marchand "What are you worried about tomorrow night?" during their press conferences on Tuesday, Rask naturally had trouble holding back laughter. The question starts at the 2:16 mark of the above video.
"Worried about?" Rask replied, chuckling. "No worries. I don’t think you play this long and battle hard just to come here and start worrying about anything. It’s a game. You go out and execute and hopefully play your best game and see what happens."
Perhaps you might be worried about Rask because of the importance of Game 7 to his legacy. He has yet to win a Stanley Cup as a starting goaltender for the Bruins, but he needs just one more big-time performance to sew that up.
And there's reason to be confident that Rask's results will be different from prior seasons. He's 3-0 with just one goal allowed in three games with a chance to eliminate the opponent this playoff. He's stopped 95 of 96 shots in those games, a .990 save percentage.
So no, no worrying for Rask. That will be for everyone else watching the most nerve-wracking game in sports.
Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at [email protected].