Tuukka Rask Eyeing Bounce-Back Performance In Game 6

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Tuukka Rask during Game 5 against the Maple Leafs. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Frederick Andersen was terrific for the Maple Leafs in a 4-3 Game 5 survival in Boston. 42 saves.

Tuukka Rask struggled--just nine saves on 13 shots before he was pulled with 8:05 left in the second.

"Probably could have stopped more pucks with my eyes closed, that's about it," he said after the game. "It's on me."

But, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, defenseman Kevan Miller, and leading scorer Brad Marchand weren't willing to blame Rask. They said, collectively, they'll have to be better in Game 6 tonight in Toronto if they want to win and advance to round two.

"I didn't think he was at his best, so we made a move accordingly," Cassidy said. "I didn't think our team was at its best defending in front of him. In terms of killing rushes, we allowed them too much space--that went hand in hand. We need to be better in both those areas."

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Bruins Looking For Improvement On Both Ends In Game 6

"It's not just on him, it's on us as well," said Millar. "Come on--it's a team sport here, he's been great for us all year, and we need to be better in front of him."

"He's a competitor, held himself accountable for last night," Marchand said. "It wasn't just on him, we could have been better in front of him as well. Collectively, as a group, we need to be better, but I'm sure he'll be ready."

Anton Khudobin stopped all eight shots he faced Saturday in relief of Rask, but rest assured the B's top netminder will be back in the crease tonight.

Puck drops at 7 p.m.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports 

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