By Joe Haggerty
Tuukka Rask gets his first action of the 201112 season, and his first NHL start since the April 10 regular season finale last year against the New Jersey Devils.
The 23-year-old netminder looked sharp during the preseason in a pair of games, and has watched patiently through the first two games of the season as Tim Thomas and the Bruins split games with the Flyers and Lightning. Its a big season for Rask, who is expected to play more than his 29 games last season while giving Thomas some needed rest during the regular season.
He played well in the preseason and weve always liked him, said Claude Julien. Its just a matter of making sure hes not on the sidelines too long. Weve got a busy week again this week, so its giving them both a chance to play and share the workload.
No other lineup changes for the Bruins against the lowly Colorado Avalanche, which means that Benoit Pouliot will again man the left the left wing on the third line with Tyler Seguin and Chris Kelly.