Bruins stick with Jaroslav Halak in goal against Anaheim

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BRIGHTON -- Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak will get a second straight start for the Bruins on Thursday night against the Anaheim Ducks after pitching a shutout against the Montreal Canadiens earlier this week.

Tuukka Rask had received consecutive starts in the last couple of weeks on two different occasions while taking over a little more of the playing time. But the Bruins are now swinging back toward Halak after he made 22 saves in the shutout against the Habs, as they're looking for something a little different against tonight’s opponent, Anaheim. Boston has lost nine straight games (0-8-1) against the Ducks.

“Tuukka had a little bit of an upper body [issue]. Nothing that would keep him [out of a game], but we had him off the ice on Monday,” said Cassidy. “So there’s a bit of non-practice time, and Jaro pitches a shutout [against the Habs]. We haven’t had a lot of success against Anaheim over the years. It’s not all on Tuukka because [Anton Khudobin] has had some of those starts, so we’re going to try another guy and see if that works.”

So it continues a tug-of-war for the playing time with Halak now riding the wave, a situation that may just play out back-and-forth like this for the entire season.

It’s pretty sound reasoning for the Bruins as they finish up perhaps their last game before the team starts to get regulars like Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller and Jake DeBrusk back into the B’s lineup. The light is at the end of the tunnel for the Black and Gold, but they’re not quite all the way there yet as they’ll keep the same lineup that played so well in Montreal earlier this week:

Marchand-Krejci-Pastrnak
Nordstrom-Cave-Backes
Donato-JFK-Heinen
Kuraly-Acciari-Wagner

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Krug-Carlo
Grzelcyk-McAvoy
Moore-Kampfer

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Halak

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