Bruins did Tuukka Rask no favors

So far in this series, Montreal's Carey Price has been the better goalie. He has been outstanding in all three games and that's why the Canadiens lead the series. Rask claimed that his play "sucked" in Game 1, but he played better in helping Boston to a 5-3 win in Game 2.

In Game 3, Rask was left out to dry.

"Tuuks is playing great. He's a great competitor," Iginla said. "Some nights, unfortunately, you aren't as sharp in those areas in front of him, but he gives us a chance every single night. It's been like that all year and he gave us a chance even tonight to get back into it and come close. But close isn't good enough, and we'll get back at it next game."

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk wasn't going to point the finger at his goaltender.

"He's bailed us out a lot of the time all year and that's why he's up for the Vezina," Boychuk said. "He's a great goalie. They get a couple of chances and bury them. He's usually there and he's such a great goalie. He's the backbone of our team."

Montreal has control of the series with Game 4 at Bell Centre on Thursday. Rask had every right to be upset after Tuesday's loss, but he had already filed it away and was focused on evening the series.

"I don't think we played bad, we just made stupid mistakes, which ended up costing us the game," he said. "We have to get rid of those and keep playing like we're playing and we'll get a win or two."

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