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Julien announces Rask will start tonight

BOSTON -- In a rare move, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien this morning announced his starting goalie, saying following the team’s morning skate at TD Garden that Tuukka Rask will be in net tonight against the New York Islanders.

Despite a 0-3-3 record, Rask hasn’t played bad during his three starts, he just hasn’t been getting help. Julien hopes that changes against the Islanders.

“He’s been good,” Julien said. “It’s been unfortunate that his record doesn’t indicate the way he’s played. For the most part, we’ve failed in front of him and everybody knows that. We haven’t given him much help and we haven’t played that well in front of him, either. He’s got an opportunity tonight to win his first game and it’s up to all of us, him included, to be solid and for the rest of the team to play the way we have lately.”

Rask has a 2.71 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. Fellow netminder Tim Thomas is 5-4-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .931 save percentage.