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The Bruins are going back to Tuukka Rask vs. Oilers

Ty Anderson
November 25, 2017 - 1:30 pm

The Bruins are going back to Tuukka Rask and sitting the white-hot Anton Khudobin.

For at least one game, anyway.

Back in a ‘fair’ situation with a full day of practice at Warrior Ice Arena on Saturday (something the Black and Gold did not have by taking Thanksgiving off and then skating in a Friday matinee against the Penguins), Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that it’ll be the struggling Rask in net for Sunday’s head-to-head with the Oilers.

“I thought about it, and I’m gonna put Tuukka in tomorrow,” Cassidy acknowledged. “I didn’t think [Friday] would be a perfect game because we hadn’t practiced the day before. He got a good, solid practice in today, so he’ll go in [Sunday], and we’ll worry about Wednesday [against the Lightning] on Wednesday.”

This will be Rask’s first start since he allowed four goals on 27 shots in a Nov. 15 loss to the Ducks, which resulted in what was essentially a four-game benching from Cassidy. The four-game ride as the team's backup was Rask's first extended 'coach's decision' rest since he took over as the team's uncontested starter back in 2013, and came with Khudobin stopping all but seven of 127 shots faced (a .945 save percentage) en route to a four-game winning streak.  

“He’s used to playing a lot of hockey,” Cassidy said of Rask. “[He] hasn’t for a while. I guess you can say, for him, it’s a bit like coming off an injury. He’s been practicing, practicing well, and it’s his turn to go. We’re getting terrific goaltending out of Dobby, and we’d like to get terrific goaltending out of Tuukka so everything can be terrific.”

It’s also a start that Cassidy hopes rekindles the fire of a legitimate competition in net.

“You create competition in your lineup for anybody, I think it makes you better,” Cassidy noted. “It just makes you better. And [then] we have difficult decisions to make, but then they become easy if you know you can trust both of them at any position.”

The 30-year-old Rask is 3-7-2 with an .897 save percentage this season.

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