Rask gets start, ready to face Chicago

Rask gets start, ready to face Chicago
March 27, 2014, 12:15 pm

BOSTON -- It’ll be Tuukka Rask getting his chance to avenge last year’s Stanley Cup Final loss when the Bruins watch the Chicago Blackhawks take the ice against the Black and Gold on Thursday night. Rask was, of course, the netminder that saw the Blackhawks score twice in 17 seconds late in the third period of Game 6 to memorably end the season for Boston.

Rask sounded like he had a little extra in reserve after watching the Chicago players celebrate a little too heartily at TD Garden after winning the Cup last June, and is 4-0-1 with a .959 save percentage in his last five games.

“At least now they’re not going to wreck our visiting locker room, so that will be the only different,” said Rask, with a grin on his face. “I’m sure they’ll have some good memories, but we faced them already this season. They’ve got a great team and it’ll be a good challenge.

“It’s going to bring back some memories, and I’m sure the crowd will be into it too. But if I start thinking about that then I’m going to be get pulled in five minutes. So I’m keeping my focus on the puck.”

The rest of the Bruins lineup should be the same as it was against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night, and the Chicago Blackhawks, of course, will be without dangerous sniper Patrick Kane. Jordan Caron and Corey Potter were the last two players off the ice, and will be the healthy scratches Thursday night along with Andrej Meszaros as the likely second defenseman scratched. Here are the forward combos and D-pairings based on the morning skate:
 
Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson
Paille-Campbell-Thornton
 
Chara-Hamilton
Bartkowski-Boychuk
Krug-Miller
 
Rask
Johnson