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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.

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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.