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The funny story behind the ‘Tuukka Rask to start’ misconception

10.21.10 at 10:41 pm ET
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Tim Thomas started on Thursday night for the Bruins after a bit of trickery (AP Photo)

Tim Thomas started on Thursday night for the Bruins after a bit of trickery (AP Photo)

Tim Thomas sat by alone after the Bruins’ morning skate, unbothered by the media, yet crowded by scribes as they gathered to talk to the guy next to him.

It was Tuukka Rask fielding all the questions after the morning skate, as he left the ice first for the Bruins, something that is generally taken as a sign that he would be the starting netminder for that night’s game. Reporters asked him of his excitement for the game, and he gave some oddly worded answers, but the writers ran with it.

“It’s fun,” Rask said after the skate. “It’s been a while since [my] last start, so it should be great.”

It’s fun? Hey, a quote’s a quote, and when it’s the answer to the “how excited are you to start tonight?” question, it’s seemingly worth something. Little did the media know that they were talking to the wrong guy.

Thomas led the Bruins out onto the ice on Thursday night as those fooled — a group including this writer — immediately realized the charade. Rask never said he was starting. All he said was that “it’s fun” and that he hadn’t started in a few games.

A grinning Rask looked both proud and amused after the 4-1 victory, half-jokingly maintaining that he was “just answering” a question, which is absolutely true. No harm, no foul — except on the media’s part. Just laughs and a red-faced Big Bad Blogger. Rask told WEEI.com a day earlier that with regard to the “goalie controversy,” he understood that writers were going to write what they were going to write. Maybe this reporter should have kept that in mind.

Thomas, meanwhile, had some time to himself as reporters hounded Rask.

“I knew [I was going to start] from yesterday, and nobody asked me this morning,” Thomas said after the game, laughing as he quipped that he “wouldn’t have told you anyways.”

Rask didn’t lie to reporters on Thursday. He didn’t say he was starting. He simply took an opportunity to prove once and for all that he isn’t worried about who gets to start each game, and what an amusing statement it was.

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