After turbulent start, Tuukka Rask continues hot streak in net with record-breaking showing

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As expected, the always-candid Tuukka Rask wasn’t going to wax poetic about his new title as the Bruins’ all-time record holder in goaltender wins. 

Reaching 253 victories in a black and gold sweater is a significant milestone, for sure. But in the grand scheme of things?

"I enjoy it. But it doesn’t change anything really, in my mind, during the season or even after the season,” Rask said. “Your name is in the history books. That's about it. And then someday, somebody else is gonna come and break it. Hopefully, I can put up a couple more and get some cushion.”

Rask isn’t one to get caught up in major milestones, both individual and across the league. Entering Sunday’s matinee matchup against the Capitals, Rask didn’t know that Alex Ovechkin was also looking to etch his name in the record books, with one more point standing between the winger and the distinction as the top Russian-born scorer in NHL history.

“I’m so happy he didn’t get it on me,” Rask said of Ovechkin. “That’s awesome. I didn’t know that. That would have been in my head if I knew that. That’s good. Not facing them again, so it’s good that he didn’t get that on me.”

For Rask, the individual records don’t factor nearly as much as wins and losses — and Sunday’s 1-0 victory came at a crucial time for a reeling B’s club.