Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask isn't exactly a fan favourite.
While some people love the Vezina winning goalie, others believe he just can't get it done when the pressures on.
He unfortunately hasn't been able to raise the Stanley Cup as a starting goalie and many people believe that it's Rask's fault.
The numbers of course say otherwise and he remains one of the elite goalies in the league, however Rask understands he won't get approval from Bruins fans until he raises the Stanley Cup.
“It’s something I’ve said 1000 times. It comes with the territory. People love their sports. It doesn’t matter if it’s hockey, basketball, baseball or football,” said Rask on a Monday morning zoom video call with Bruins reporters. “There’s always the fans out there that want you to win and succeed, but they have the right to criticize you. I’ve accepted the fact that my job is what it is. Sometimes people praise you and sometimes they don’t. I haven’t put too much thought into that while I’ve been playing. It’s something that comes with the territory and I just try to do my job as good as I can every night to give us a chance to win. What comes with that comes.
“Maybe in the future when I retire and look back on it you kind of appreciate yourself more and what you did. But this city is known for winning championships and your success is measured by championships. I’ve gotten to the finals with a team twice as the playing goalie. We didn’t win, but I still think it’s a great accomplishment to get to that point in the finals. Obviously, it would be nice to be known as a champion from those years. But it didn’t happen and you have to live with that. I think I’ve had a good career so far, and hopefully there’s some years left and maybe even a championship in the future. Hopefully I can improve my play as well.”
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