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Rask in net against Rangers in preseason opener

Bruins rookie goaltender Tuukka Rask [1] will get the nod for the entire game on Tuesday night against the New York Rangers [2] at Madison Square Garden in the B’s preseason opener, and 29-year-old veteran Dany Sabourin will get the start in goal against the Toronto Maple Leads on Wednesday night.

The two goaltenders are in a competition for the backup spot to goaltender Tim Thomas [3], and B’s coach Claude Julien [4] was anxious to get a look at both goaltenders. Rookie center Zach Hamill will also get a long look on the top line vs. the Rangers as he’ll get play between Blake Wheeler [5] and Marco Sturm [6], who is playing in his first game since wrenching his right knee against the Maple Leafs [7] on Dec. 18.

┬áThe other members of the B’s traveling party set to play against the Rags on Tuesday: Jamie Arniel, Byron Bitz, Chuck Kobasew [8], Mikko Lehtonen, Milan Lucic [9], Brad Marchand [10], Max Sauve, Vladmir Sobotka and Trent Whitfield at forward; Andrew Bodnarchuk, Johnny Boychuk [11], Zdeno Chara [12], Matt Hunwick, Adam McQuaid and Jeff Penner; goaltenders Rask and Sabourin.

“(Sturm) is in good shape and his knee is 100 percent, so I said why not get out of his system right away and a get his first game under his belt?” said B’s coach Claude Julien. “It’s a long camp and getting him in that first game will give us some more options and then we can see him more if we need to.”