Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/8/14

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 19: Goaltender Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena on November 19, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Some high expectations are being placed on the Bruins this season, and Tuukka Rask will have to shoulder much of that load. Such is the plight of a starting goaltender after all, especially one taking over for Tim Thomas. Despite that pressure, Rask looked perfectly comfortable between the pipes as the No. 1 goalie on Saturday, leading the B’s to a 3-1 victory in the first game of the season. Outdueling reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist to boot, Rask made 20 saves in an outstanding effort that should do plenty to calm any concerns that might have been brewing. For that effort, NESN Nation’s Dan Duquette is giving Rask our “Starting Blocks” player of the game. Who’s yours? Take Our Poll Join NESN Nation: In-game home page | Twitter | Facebook
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