Rask a top-shelf option

Rookie goaltender Tuukka Rask can rest while the Boston Bruins and the rest of the NHL are on break during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

But he can't rest easy. Coach Claude Julien said as much after the Bruins' last game, a shootout win over the Florida Panthers that gave Boston a four-game winning streak. Rask had just matched a career-high with six straight starts and looked primed to wrestle the title of No. 1 netminder away from Tim Thomas.

However, Julien wasn't ready for any anointments.

"He's been a good," Julien said of Rask. "But again, he's a young goaltender, and those are a lot of games in a row for him to play for us. He did a great job and he's got a couple weeks, like everybody else, to rest here.

"When we get back to work, we'll see what we're going to do. I'm not going to stand here and say he's a shoo-in. We'll evaluate that situation and make that decision then."

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