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Tuukka Rask to start for Bruins vs. Wild

Tuukka Rask [1] will make his third consecutive start when the Bruins take on the Wild Thursday night at TD Garden. Rask, who hadn’t started two games in a row this season until Monday’s 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs, is 3-7-1 with a 2.63 goals against average and .927 save percentage.

Due to the emergence of Tim Thomas [2] as the league’s top netminder this season, Rask, who led the NHL [3] in both GAA and save percentage last season, has had to deal with a backup role to the surprise of many. After being pulled following three first-period goals against the Sabres on Saturday, Rask came back to stop 36 shots against the Leafs.