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Rask none the worse for wear after ding in practice

Wednesday, 06.05.2013 / 12:22 PM

By Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent / Penguins-Bruins series blog

BOSTON -- Everyone took the ice Wednesday for the Boston Bruins' morning skate, which featured one minor scare.

During one drill, goaltender Tuukka Rask took a teammate's shot off his shoulder, and he reacted by skating toward the bench and slamming his stick against the TD Garden boards. It took less than a minute for Rask to return to his crease and get back to work.

Julien said after the skate there were no issues in terms of Rask getting the start in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Rask famously fell on his rear end after he similarly reacted to a shootout loss during the regular season, a fall that became popular on YouTube. Over the years, Rask has produced similar outbursts, but this one came in the same week Julien described Rask as "normal ... for a goaltender."

"He's fine. Just I didn't want him falling in front of that door when he went out of his crease and I told him, 'You're making me look bad,'" Julien said. "I said, 'I told everybody you were normal.' But I said, 'I did tell them he had a temper, so you're OK.'"

Here's the Bruins' projected lineup:

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Jaromir Jagr

Rich Peverley - Chris Kelly - Tyler Seguin

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Dennis Seidenberg

Andrew Ference - Johnny Boychuk

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo, Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson

Injured: Wade Redden (upper body)

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery