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Aug 12, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brock McGinn (23) scores a goal on Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) in the second period in game one of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Bruins have the ultra-rare playoff back-to-back on Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes. So maybe they thought about starting Jaroslav Halak in goal instead of Tuukka Rask? Head coach Bruce Cassidy says they’re sticking with No. 40.

Cassidy confirmed in a Zoom call with reporters that Rask will get the start for the Bruins in Game 2 against Carolina, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday. Unless of course the Lightning and Blue Jackets play another 14 overtimes. But for now plan on pregame starting at 7:30 here on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

As Ty Anderson explained in the most recent bonus episode of the Sports Hub Sidelines podcast (listen below), back-to-backs in the Toronto bubble aren’t the same as a normal back-to-back. The Bruins don’t have to hop on a plane and lose sleep and deal with jet-lag like they typically would. Cassidy acknowledged that as one of the factors in his decision to stick with Rask.

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“Probably three factors … How’s Tuukka feeling coming out of the game? He felt fine,” Cassidy said. “Was there a lot of wear & tear to the point where recovery would require more than 24 hours or 30 hours? I don’t think so. We were pretty clean in front of him, there were not a lot of demanding stretches – still, it was four periods of hockey, so he’s got to be on his toes the whole game. And then yes, the timing of the two games … back-to-backs, decisions are a lot to do with travel, short night’s sleep. We didn’t have any of those factors, we went to the rink and back to the hotel, so obviously there’s no travel and, like you said, you get a full night’s sleep, so that had a lot to do with it.”

You can hear Game 2 Thursday night on 98.5 The Sports Hub, here on 985TheSportsHub.com, and the Sports Hub App. And be sure to check out all of our coverage of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Here’s Ty Anderson and myself recapping Game 1, and discussing what the Bruins can do to be better in Game 2.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.