Tuukka Rask wins 2nd straight start

BOSTON -- The last time Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask started back-to-back games was Feb. 17 and 18 last season, when he lost to the New York Islanders and then got a win in Ottawa. That's why Rask was surprised to get the nod for a second straight game Thursday after making 24 saves in a 6-2 win over the Isles on Monday. The Finnish netminder turned in another solid performance, making 27 saves to help the Bruins to a 6-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Following the game, Rask admitted he didn't expect to get called on again so soon. He also acknowledged a little sluggishness due to the lack of action in the Bruins' end early on.

"After that slow start, I had to regroup and get my stuff together," Rask said. "And it was a battle, but I felt pretty good."

Bruins coach Claude Julien decided to start Rash again in the hope of getting his backup into a groove.

"Just the fact that it's hard for a goaltender to play every 10 days; and every once in a while, you've got to allow him to get on a roll a little bit," Julien said when asked what went behind the decision to give Rask a second straight start. "I thought this was a good time for it. Obviously you guys probably know who's going to be in net next game, but the bottom line is, we've got a lot of games coming up, and I wanted to get him an opportunity to get closer to him being at the best he can be, and the only way we felt we could do that was by giving him some consecutive games, so that was the reason behind it."

Since those games in February, it has been spot duty for Rask, who was relegated to the backup role last season during Tim Thomas' historic run to the Vezina and Conn Smythe trophies and the Stanley Cup. That continued this season, and just like last season, whenever Rask had started, it had seemed his teammates couldn't light the lamp down at the other end. But they have scored 12 for him in his passt two starts, and Rask is happy to see the offense on a roll.

"I mean, it's a good thing to see us scoring goals," said Rask who is now 2-3-0 with a 2.63 GAA and .908 save percentage.

He added, "Hopefully, we just can't take it for granted, we have to keep working hard and pushing those pucks in and getting those scoring changes again."