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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Bruins give Rask an extra day

By Tony Lee
Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Olympians Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson will rejoin the Boston Bruins before their flight to Buffalo and play in Wednesday's game at the Sabres, but goaltender Tuukka Rask will stay behind, coach Claude Julien said Tuesday.

Chad Johnson will get the start in net against the Sabres, his sixth start in the last 12 games for the team. Niklas Svedberg, who got a win in overtime against Nashville in his one and only NHL game back in January, will serve as the backup.

None of the Bruins' Olympic medalists were at practice at TD Garden as Julien gave them as much rest as possible from their trips back from Sochi, where Bergeron's Team Canada topped Eriksson and the Swedes in the gold medal game Sunday.

Julien said Rask will join the team on the ice Thursday, which means the bronze medalist -- who stopped all 27 shots he faced in a shutout of the Americans on Saturday -- will likely be in net Saturday at home against Washington.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid was back at practice again Tuesday but is unlikely to play in the Buffalo game as he continues to recover from a leg injury.

"He's really close. Tomorrow is a borderline decision," Julien said. "If things keep going well by the weekend we're keeping our fingers crossed that we should have the real good news, but tomorrow I would say doubtful."

McQuaid has not played since Jan. 19 at Chicago.