In last year’s playoffs, Boston goaltender Tuuka Rask started every game, with Tim Thomas planted on the bench. So coming into this season, it was logical for Rask and Bruins fans to think the third-year player would get the nod as the No. 1 goalie.
Not so fast.
With former Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas finally healthy, after battling various injuries last season, Thomas has staked an early claim at gaining back his old No. 1 spot with a 3-0 record, 0.67 goals-against average and a .979 save percantage.
Rask started the season opener in Prague, giving up four goals against the Phoenix Coyotes before being pulled for Thomas. Rask expected to get the nod tonight in the Bruins home opener against the Washington Capitals but head coach Claude Julien gave the start to Thomas.
Julien now has a good dilemma on his hands as he will have to appease both of his hungry goaltenders with playing time, while also giving his team the best shot at winning. Although the two goalies have handled the competetion well so far, by saying all the right things, feelings might start to fester if playing time isn’t split 50/50.
Nonetheless, the Bruins have a good problem on their hands with two quality goal-tenders, proving the age-old adage that two is always better than one.