Tuukka Rask: Niklas Svedberg Playing Vs. Canadiens Was ‘The Plan’


When Niklas Svedberg started in goal against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, some were left scratching their heads.

Starting goaltender Tuukka Rask was pulled early in the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday after allowing four goals, leaving many to believe he’d be fresh enough to bounce back the next night. But Bruins head coach Claude Julien insisted that he started Svedberg due to a difficult schedule.

“There was no way (Rask) was going to play two-in-two after playing five straight games,” Julien said after Friday’s practice, via ESPN Boston. “It doesn’t matter what the reason is, our goalie (Thursday) night did what he had to do. He made some big saves.”

The 27-year-old Rask, who normally jumps at the chance to redeem himself after a bad start, agreed with the decision to start Svedberg in Montreal.

“It was the plan that Sveddy was going to play that game, we didn’t change that plan and why would we?” Rask said. “We trust everybody on the team.”

Rask has not fared well against the Canadiens in the past, carrying a 3-11-3 record against them. He was pulled in their first meeting this season.

“It’s still fairly early in the season, and I’m still going to get more chances to improve my record against them,” Rask said. “Everybody always talks about Montreal — it’s a big game and everything, but we just take it as a regular game and try to play our hockey, and so it’s not a big deal for me that I didn’t play and get a chance to bounce back. I know I’m going to get a bounce-back game (Saturday), and feel good about myself.”

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