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BOSTON (CBS) – Former NHL goaltender Kevin Weekes, now an analyst for the NHL Network, joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh and Zolak, and has a little beef with Tuukka Rask.
The Bruins netminder stopped 59 shots in Boston’s 4-3, triple overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, and was not too pleased following the loss.
He said the Bruins gave the game away, and though he didn’t say Torey Krug’s name, called his third period turnover “terrible.”
Weekes doesn’t think Rask needed to make those comments, but understands the goalie’s frustration.
“I have a lot of respect for him and his game; I think he has a great demeanor and disposition,” said Weekes. “At the end of the day, playing goal is like playing quarterback. You learn some hard lessons when you’re a younger guy, and you have to learn that you need the guys to play in front of you. You learn to manage those relationships.”
“Krug has been amazing; he’s added a new dimension to the back-end of the Bruins,” continued Weekes. “I don’t think that was right by Tuukka, and if I was partnered with him I’d tell him that much, privately. But I understand it was after the game and he was hot, but the guys read and listen to everything you say about them. So there’s a little finesse you need to have when you talk about the guys.”
Weekes also touched on possible replacements for Boston should Nathan Horton’s upper body injury keeps him out of Game 2.