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Bruins' Rask: 'I’ve had it with these 3-on-3 overtimes'

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Tuukka Rask wasn't exactly thrilled with how he spent his 29th birthday.

The Boston Bruins goaltender watched as his team fell apart defensively in overtime Thursday against Carolina, allowing Phillip Di Giuseppe to score the game-winning goal.

While the NHL's new overtime format may be effective in deciding games prior to the shootout, Rask certainly isn't a fan.

"I mean, I’ve had it with these three-on-three overtimes," Rask said after the loss, according to Darren Hartwell of NESN. "It’s just scoring chance after scoring chance. But, you just try to win the games, right? I was hoping (the Bruins) would score a quick goal like last game (10 seconds into overtime against Tampa Bay), but it didn’t happen.

"It’s usually just wide-open shots, breakaways or two-on-ones," he added. "And there are no wide-angle shots or point shots. It’s just scoring chances."

While all of the above makes for a more entertaining viewing experience for fans, it's not hard to see how the experience may be less than optimal for goalies.

Luckily for Rask, the Bruins moved into first place in the Atlantic Division by picking up a single point, and appear well on their way to securing a playoff spot, where overtime is played five-on-five.

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