Victory over Leafs means little to Rask

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:59 AM ET

BOSTON -- The closest that goaltender Tuukka Rask came to being a Maple Leaf was wearing a hat and a jersey on draft day.

With that in mind, the up-and-coming Boston backup said he took no extra pleasure in shutting down the team that first owned his NHL rights.

"It's something to talk about, but to be honest, I don't think about it too much," said Rask, who was the Leafs' first-round pick (21st overall) in the 2005 draft. "I never played a game for them, I never even went to training camp so I had no hard feelings for them."

That the Leafs gave up early on the Finn is starting to seem like an understatement, however. Dealt to Boston for underwhelming Andrew Raycroft in 2006, Rask is fast becoming a better-than-average backup for Bruins star Tim Thomas.

With the win last night, Rask has a 5-0-1 record in his past six games and had his second career assist.


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