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Bruins plenty comfortable with Rask

Claude Julien was holding a pretty nondescript press conference this morning until he was asked by a Toronto reporter if the Sabres had the advantage in goal because of all of Ryan Miller's experience in 2006 and 2007 and the fact that Tuukaa Rask is making his playoff debut tonight. The Boston Bruins coach scowled.

"Who cares? Really," Julien said. "If they think that's an advantage, good for them. We feel very confident in Tuukka and we also feel very confident in the guy that's with them (Tim Thomas, Miller's Olympic backup). We feel we have a good 1-2 punch. To us, that's comfortable enough."

"I don't worry about any media hype," said Rask, who has slightly better goals-against and save percentage figures than Miller (1.97 and .931), but hasn't nearly mastered the art of the interview like the Buffalo goaltender has. "You don't worry more about what he's doing. It's the playoffs and you play your game."

The Bruins will also get some comfort from the return of Andrew Ference on defense. He's missed nine games with a groin injury.

Click below to hear the audio from Julien's pregame meeting with the media.

---Mike Harrington


Boston Bruins | Sabres game day
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