WILMINGTON, Mass. — If the Bruins as a team want to adhere to the old adage about never letting your opponent see you sweat, Tuukka Rask will have to work harder on his poker face.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien was obviously impressed enough by Tuukka Rask’s 34-save performance in Columbus Tuesday to roll the dice with the netminder in a game against a team that’s higher in the standings.
Although Bruins head coach Claude Julien could give Tuukka Rask a second straight start after his impressive performance in Columbus Tuesday, there are hopes from some quarters that we’ll get to witness a battle of the two best goaltenders in the NHL, statistically, tonight.
The rebounds were flying everywhere, and with less than a minute to go in the first period, Grant Clitsome’s untouched, unscreened slap shot from the blue line beat Tuukka Rask.
After 20 minutes tonight in Columbus, it looked like the second-year Bruins goaltender was going to let down his coach and his team for the second straight Tuesday.
Tuukka Rask was the first Bruins goaltender off the ice today in Columbus.
If that indeed means he will get the start tonight against the Blue Jackets, it will be his first appearance since he struggled in a 4-1 loss to Montreal a week ago.
This morning I predicted a Tim Thomas start for the Bruins against Montreal tonight.
I was wrong.
The swap activity leading up to Monday’s trade deadline grabbed everyone’s attention this week, but there were also two big contract extensions signed by a couple primetime goaltenders earlier this week.
Allegedly a person never forget how to ride a bicycle.
We could ask Bruins defensemen and biking enthusiasts Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara for confirmation of that axiom.
The Bruins’ official Twitter feed reports Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice after the Bruins’ morning skate in Ottawa today.
The Bruins will face Edmonton tonight without one of their mainstays on defense and with their 1A goaltender between the pipes.
When you have one goaltender coming off a Calder Trophy-worthy campaign who’s starting to shake off the sophomore slump, and one that’s working on a Vezina campaign, it’s tough to pick a starter from game to game.
There’s no doubt that Western Canada agrees with Tim Thomas.
Readers of TheBruinsBlog.net have seen the evidence and returned a verdict: Tuukka Rask should start tonight in net for the Bruins at Ottawa.
Who should start in goal for the Bruins at Ottawa Friday night?
- Tuukka Rask (77%, 164 Votes)
- Tim Thomas (23%, 48 Votes)
Total Voters: 212
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.