Bruins coach Claude Julien says he has the "same confidence" in Tuukka Rask as he had when Tim Thomas was between the pipes.
And for good reason. Rask has vaulted himself into the discussion for one of the best in the game, with an 11-1-2 record, 1.82 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. "Right now, no doubt I have the same confidence in him," Julien said. The coach was quick to keep the challenge up for his netminder, though. "He's going to want to prove himself through a whole year,'' said Julien, "and not just a 20-game span or half a season. He's going to want to be solid from start to finish. I think that's his challenge this year.''