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B's Assign Goalie Tuukka Rask; Remove Tim Thomas from IR

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned goaltender Tuukka Rask to the Providence Bruins (AHL) and has removed goaltender Tim Thomas from the injured reserve list.

Rask, who was recalled by the Bruins on November 15, has played in four games for Boston this season.  In those NHL contests, Rask has a record of 2-1-1, a goals-against average of 3.25 and a save percentage of .886.

While with Providence this season, Rask has played in nine games, maintaining a record of 7-2-0, a goals-against average of 2.10 and a save percentage of .894.

The 20-year-old Savonlinna, Finland native earned top goalie honors at the 2006 World Junior Classic for Team Finland after posting a 2.11 GAA and .940 save percentage.  Selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the 21st overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Rask was acquired by the Bruins on June 24, 2006 in exchange for goaltender Andrew Raycroft.  2007 is Rask’s first year as a professional in the U.S., as he spent the last three with Ilves Tampere of the Finnish league.

Thomas has been sidelined since December 5, when he suffered a groin strain the Bruins 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils.  Thomas, who missed five games with the groin injury, has a record of 10-7-2 and a goals-against average of 2.14. In addition, he leads the NHL in save-percentage with a mark of .936.

The Bruins (18-11-3) continue their five-game homestand when they return to the TD Banknorth Garden on Tuesday night to host the Ottawa Senators at 7:00 p.m. ET.
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