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Saturday, April 10, 2010
Decisions, Decisions

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- Now that the Bruins have clinched a postseason berth with a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at TD Garden, Boston still has one regular-season game remaining against the Capitals tomorrow in Washington.

Where the Bruins finish in the Eastern Conference standings can still change.

The Bruins currently occupy the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern
Conference with 89 points and can finish no lower than seventh in the standings. The Bruins can finish sixth if Montreal loses tonight to Toronto. If the Canadiens beat the Maple Leafs, the Bruins will need a win or overtime loss against the Capitals to finish sixth.

The team has a 5 p.m. flight to Washington, and Bruins management will pay close attention to that Montreal game before making decisions on tomorrow’s lineup.

Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask has become the go-to guy in the net for the Bruins and it’ll be interesting to see whether he plays tomorrow against the Capitals or if coach Claude Julien decides to give the rookie a rest and goes with veteran Tim Thomas.

Also, does Julien give certain players a rest? It all depends on the Canadiens.

“As an organization we want to finish as high as possible,” said Julien. “We’ll have to wait and see here and do what’s right for the organization and for our team."