Even with lighter workload, Tuukka Rask staying focused on overcoming slow start

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If Tuukka Rask was viewing Monday’s matchup against the Stars as his chance to seize back a majority of the Bruins’ reps in net — it didn’t go exactly as planned.

At least, not in the first couple minutes of play.

During a first period that saw the Black and Gold outshoot and out-chance the Stars by 13-4 and 22-6 margins, it only took Boston 3:25 before it found itself on the power play — with Roman Polak sent to the sin bin for interference.

But a little over 30 seconds into the B’s man advantage, the Stars were the ones to capitalize — as Radek Faksa skated into Boston’s zone to fire off a shot or kill some time, cruising down the boards and outside the left circle as Torey Krug kept tabs on him out in front.

Even from a tough angle, Faksa’s volley in towards Rask somehow found twine, sailing past the netminder’s glove to give the Stars an early 1-0 lead and prompt boos to rain down on a goalie desperately trying to get back on track after some porous performances in October.

For Rask, making his first start for the Black and Gold since Oct. 27, that shorthanded strike very well could have led to a complete unraveling — with the 31-year-old netminder relinquishing consecutive goals within two minutes of each other five times so far this season.

But not on Monday.