WILMINGTON, Mass. — It’s rare that Bruins head coach Claude Julien announces his starting goaltender a day in advance.
But sometimes during his Boston tenure the coach has taken that tact because he wanted to send a message.
However, today wasn’t one of those days. After his team practiced today at Ristuccia Arena in preparation for its rematch with Detroit tomorrow in Motown, Julien was asked if he’d sleep on his decision between Tuukka Rask — who he pulled after two periods and five goals allowed last night — and Tim Thomas — who mopped up the third period of the 6-1 loss and is a native of the Detroit area.
“I’ll sleep on a lot of things tonight, not just the goaltending. We’ve got some decisions to make tomorrow and we’ll make those [tomorrow],” said Julien, also referring to decisions he has to make on defense and at forward.
Tuukka Rask, sporting his old mask because the new one he started to wear recently was squeezing his cheeks, practiced with the rest of the squad today and said after practice he had turned the page. Always full of confidence, Rask never let’s poor performances linger long and it’s not like he’s never been pulled before. In fact, he came back after a one-period performance Jan. 1 with a victory two nights later.
“It’s always good to bounce back after a bad game,” said Rask. “You want to get back to winning habits and that’s all it’s all about.”