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Bruins' Cassidy names Halak as starter for Sabres game

Matt Kalman
October 04, 2018 - 12:32 pm

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has decided to stick with his original plan and start goaltender Jaroslav Halak at the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

Cassidy made the announcement in Buffalo on Thrusday morning.

The coach's plan prior to leaving for the Bruins' two-game road trip was to split the games. But when he was asked after the 7-0 loss in Washington on Wednesday which goaltender would face the Sabres, Cassidy was noncommital and said the Bruins staff would talk it over.

Halak made 16 saves on 18 shots Wednesday in relief of starter Tuukka Rask, who allowed five goals on 19 shots before departing at 7:28 of the second period.

Cassidy is never one to shy away from playing the better goaltender, regardless of pecking order or salary. Last season he started Anton Khudobin four straight games in late November when Rask was struggling, a stretch of games that was seen as one of the turning points of the Bruins' season.

Some coaches might want to give their No. 1 goaltender a chance to immeditaely redeem himself, but maybe Cassidy is hoping for the same magic that worked with Rask and Khudobin last season here.

Assuming Rask doesn't have to relieve Halak, he won't have a chance to play again until the Bruins' home-opener Monday against Ottawa.

Cassidy also mentioned he might make a change to his forward corps. Anders Bjork is the only extra forward with the Bruins in Buffalo.