Berkshire Bank Faceoff: Tuukka Rask Makes Fifth Straight Start As Bruins Face Maple Leafs


Stanley Cup Bruins Blackhawks HockeyBOSTON — Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask spoke at Monday’s practice about his workload, saying it wasn’t a major concern. One night later, the netminder will be back in net for the Black and Gold.

Rask will make his fifth consecutive start Tuesday night, as he gets the nod against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It hasn’t been exactly smooth sailing for the goalie as of late, especially on the Bruins’ recent West Coast road trip, where he allowed eight goals in the first two games. Rask bounced back, though, in the final game of the swing, shutting out the San Jose Sharks in the Bruins’ 1-0 win. It was Rask’s fifth shutout of the season and his 22nd win, both of which tied career highs.

The Boston blue line in front of Rask will be shaken up once again, this time because of another injury. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton is out indefinitely with a concussion, which means Kevan Miller is back in the lineup for Boston. He played Saturday in San Jose as well, after Johnny Boychuk returned home for the birth of his twin daughters.

Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Maple Leafs.

Here are the projected lines for both clubs.

Bruins (29-14-2, 60 points)

Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg — Ryan Spooner — Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille — Gregory Campbell — Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara — Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug — Adam McQuaid
Matt Bartkowski — Kevan Miller

Maple Leafs (22-20-5, 49 points)

James van Riemsdyk — Tyler Bozak — Phil Kessel
Mason Raymond — Nazem Kadri — Joffrey Lupul
Nikolai Kulemin — Jay McClement — David Clarkson
Carter Ashton — Peter Holland — Colton Orr

Karl Gunnarsson — Dion Phaneuf
Cody Franson — Tim Gleason
Morgan Rielly — Jake Gardiner

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During the 2015-16 season, Berkshire Bank Foundation will donate $200 to Habitat for Humanity for each successful penalty kill by the Bruins and has raised $37,380 total through April 9.

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