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Two's Company for Tuukka and Timmy

The B's goaltending duo has already paid dividends.

Saturday, 11.28.2009 / 4:18 PM ET / Features
By Dyan LeBourdais  - Intern | BostonBruins.com
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Two\'s Company for Tuukka and Timmy
Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, center, celebrates with fellow goaltender Tuukka Rask. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
Boston, MA -- Thus far, the B’s Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask goaltending tandem has worked out well.

Despite being a rookie, Rask has been able to step into the starter role recently and help the B’s earn four wins on the road while Thomas, who suffered an undisclosed minor injury (and is listed as day-to-day), concentrated on healing.

“I think we are fortunate with having two goaltenders that play like number one’s and that certainly brings a lot of confidence to the team and to the organization,” said head coach Claude Julien after morning skate on Saturday.

As for tonight’s game versus the Ottawa Senators, Coach Julien hasn’t made his final decision as to who will be in net.

“[Thomas] has been getting better and been raring to get in there,” said Julien. “I think that is exciting for anyone who has been injured and hasn’t played in awhile so hopefully he will be ready to go tonight.

“I told both goaltenders to be ready for tonight and I will make my decision a little bit later here.”

However, based on the importance of the goaltender in any game, Julien knows better than to make decisions too soon – never mind trying to figure out their psyches.

“Goaltenders are pretty special,” said Julien with a chuckle. “I will leave that one to Bob [Essensa, goaltending coach].

“I don’t toy with their minds too much. I just need to know if they are ready or not.

“That is something that you will learn along the way that goaltenders are of a special breed,” he said with another chuckle.

For his part, Thomas is looking forward to his first game back, whenever that may be.

“Yeah of course,” said Thomas. “But it has made it easier the way the team’s been playing, and the way Tuukka’s been playing.

“Ask anybody who’s had an injury, you always want to get back to it, but if the team’s playing really well then it makes it easier to take your time to heal correctly.”

Thomas gave Rask good marks on his recent play.

“I thought he’s played excellent,” said Tim of the rookie. "He’s played very in control and he’s helped us through [a tough time], and he’s helped us to get into a good spot for the playoffs.”

The team has not walked away from a game without at least one point since November 16th and currently rank second, behind Ottawa, in the Northeast Division.

A win against Ottawa tonight will propel the Bruins to first in the Northeast.

No matter what Coach Julien’s final decision about tonight’s starter may be, Thomas isn’t concerned with competing against Rask for playing time once his injury is healed.

“I don’t look at it like that because we’re teammates,” he said. “Is [Red Sox pitcher] Tim Wakefield thinking when [Jonathan] Papelbon is winning ‘Oh, I got to get a win tonight.’

“[No] It’s, ’We need wins.’

“We need everybody to play well when they get the opportunity, whether it’s Tuukka [Rask] or Vladimir Sobotka or Johnny Boychuck…I’m just happy that the team’s been putting themselves in a better spot.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
6 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 52 19 26 8 45
L. Eriksson 52 16 24 11 40
D. Krejci 42 12 27 2 39
R. Spooner 52 11 27 -5 38
B. Marchand 47 24 12 12 36
Z. Chara 50 7 20 8 27
M. Beleskey 50 8 17 10 25
T. Krug 51 3 21 6 24
J. Hayes 50 11 12 -5 23
B. Connolly 49 7 9 -5 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 19 15 5 .918 2.47
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .915 2.38
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