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Monday, October 10, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Avalanche 1, Bruins 0

By James Murphy



BOSTON -- Tuukka Rask got his first start of the season and did his job making 35 saves, but the Bruins looked to be skating in quicksand failing to muster up any offense and falling to the Avalanche 1-0. Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves for the Avs on a Columbus Day matinee and Milan Hejduk scored the lone goal in the third period to send the Bruins on the road with a 1-2-0 record thus far in the 2011-12 season.

Tuukka time: For the first time since the regular season finale last April, goalie Tuukka Rask played in a meaningful game, getting the start between the pipes after Tim Thomas started the first two games of the season. Rask -- as he did in two preseason starts -- looked sharp making 35 saves. Unfortunately -- as was the case last season -- his teammates didn’t give him any support. Expect Rask to see more starts in the coming weeks as head coach Claude Julien has made it clear he will give Thomas some rest to start the season.

Penalty kill getting the job done once again: One of the trademarks of the Julien era in Boston has beena solid penalty kill and once again this season, the PK is getting the job done. Colorado was 0-for-3 on the power play and after allowing a power play goal 19:10 into the first period of the season opener Thursday night, the Bruins have now killed off 10 straight power plays.

Rask only change in lineup: Other than Rask starting, Julien kept the roster the same as it was on Saturday night. Both Matt Bartkowski and Jordan Caron were healthy scratches again and Steven Kampfer remains sidelined with a MCL injury but could resume skating soon.

Here's what the lineup looked like:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Tim Thomas

Bruins set to hit the road: After three straight home games to start the season the Bruins will hit the road for the first time as they play at Carolina on Wednesday night and at Chicago on Saturday night. They then return home to host the Maple Leafs on October 18.