Julien talks goaltending

Julien talks goaltending
March 1, 2013, 1:30 pm
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WILMINGTON -- With games on back-to-back days this weekend, it would only seem logical that backup goaltender Anton Khudobin sees one of the next two games.

Even more logical would be that Khudobin plays on Saturday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Lightning, saving Rask for the division-rival Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night.

But as expected, Bruins coach Claude Julien wouldn't tip anyone off on Friday about his goaltending plan for the weekend.

He at least acknowledged it's unrealistic to think Rask will do it all on his own during the final two-month sprint.

"We're going to utilize both goaltenders at some point," said Julien. "And Tuukka right now is playing extremely well and we're really pleased with that. But we know that it's impossible to ride Tuukka through this whole thing. And we're going to need both of them."

So how will he pick and choose?

"It's a feel," said Julien. "It's also about making the right decision at times. As far as what I've seen from Khudobin, he's been pretty good as well. So we certainly don't have a concern there, as far as utilizing both goaltenders. It's just about, you've got a number one that is doing very well, and you don't want him to lose that groove.

"So you make decisions based on that, and try to keep him fresh and keep him sharp. And you want to do the same with the other guy."