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Johnson to start for Bruins vs. Devils

by Mike G. Morreale

NEWARK, N.J. -- Goaltender Chad Johnson will start against the New Jersey Devils when he leads the Boston Bruins onto the ice Tuesday at Prudential Center.

Johnson is 14-3-1 with a 2.15 goals-against average, one shutout and a .921 save percentage this season. He is 8-0-1 in his past nine starts and has won his past three, including a 30-save, 5-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 15.

Tuukka Rask, who is coming off a 33-save, 4-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild on Monday at TD Garden in Boston, has won six straight and is 10-3-2 in his past 15 starts. The 27-year-old Finn is three wins from career win No. 100.

The Bruins, playing the opener of a three-game road trip, have won nine straight games. It marks their longest streak since a 10-game stretch from Nov. 1-23, 2011.

"We've been pretty good the past five or six years about just taking it one game at a time," Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said. "We don't look too far ahead. I couldn't tell you who we play after this road trip and I bet a lot of the guys would say the same thing. We'll focus on what's happening [against the Devils], forget it and move on to the next one."

Bruins coach Claude Julien agrees.

"We're not overwhelmed or uncomfortable," he said. "We haven't even talked about the streak; we just take it game by game. I've seen a lot of growth over the years with this club. Guys have been around and guys are comfortable going at it day by day. I think that's a great trait of ours that we have and we have to continue to be that way. We have to make sure that when things are going well, you continue to do the things you do well. If you don't, the tide can quickly change."

In addition to Johnson in goal, the Bruins will also have defenseman Corey Potter in the lineup. Potter, who replaces Matt Bartkowski, will begin the game with Zdeno Chara, who is celebrating his 37th birthday on Tuesday.


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