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So I guess we have the answer...

According to the official Boston Bruins twitter account, goalie Tuukka Rask will in fact be the starting goalie when they kick-off their Olympic campaign against Austria tomorrow.

(And not to mention he looks rather dashing on his bicycle).

Leading up to the Winter Games, it was no guarantee that Rask would get the starts for Finland, as the Fins are rather deep at the position, with Antti Niemi of San Jose and Kari Lehtonen also on the team.

The conversation about who will get the start was really only between Niemi and Rask, however, as both players have been at the top of the NHL all year.

And Rask has played the best throughout the season, posting a .928SV% and a 2.11 GAA with 25 wins. Niemi has a .912% and a 2.39 GAA, but does have four more wins.

It seems the decision has been made by the Finnish brass that Rask is the one to give them the best chance to medal in Sochi. And few can blame them.

His play last year late in the Stanley Cup playoffs no doubt caught the attention of his national team bosses and of fans back home in Finland, and Rask has continued his solid play throughout the new year.

Rask gives Finland the best chance to win in Sochi, and with it seemingly being all but certain at this point, Bruins fans everywhere should be excited to see how Rask performs on hockey's biggest stage. 

Mark Burke 2/12/2014 12:14:00 PM Edit

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