Rask gets the starting nod for Bruins

Rask gets the starting nod for Bruins
March 9, 2011, 12:10 am
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By Joe Haggerty

MONTREAL In a slight twist for the Bruins, Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender onto the ice for the Bruins during pregame warm-ups and it appears the Bs backup will get the starting nod against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Its a big spot for Rask, but the Finnish goaltender is riding a four-game winning streak after bookending wins at the beginning and end of their recent six game unbeaten road trip. Rask is 5-1 in his last six games, and sports a .921 save percentage and 2.67 goals against average this season along with an improving 9-11-1 record.Rask made waves at practice on Tuesday morning when he was drilled in the upper body with a Dennis Seidenberg shot, and tossed his stick over the boards and into the stands in a fit of pique. Apparently, Rask is feeling just fine right now.Interesting to note that Tim Thomas hurt his left glove hand during the morning skate at the Bell Centre, and was seen shaking it and recoiling after several shots during the practice. It could be possible that Rask is starting because of a problem with Thomas' glove hand, but there won't be any more on that until after tonight's game.Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs