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The Bruins have locked up their division and the second seed in the East after a win on Sunday over the New York Rangers.
98.5 The Sports Hub‘s Bruins play-by-play announcer Dave Goucher spoke with Toucher & Rich on Tuesday to talk about the last three games of the regular season, net minding duties, and the upcoming playoffs.
The Bruins have called up Anton Khudobin from Providence, and now have three goalies to work with for the last three games of the regular season. How will the team split goaltending duties for these remaining games?
“My guess is with three games left maybe Khudobin gets a game, Turco gets a game and then Thomas. It wouldn’t surprise me if that’s how they split it up; one apiece. I don’t see any real reason, especially with the amount Thomas has played over this last month, for him to play much more than that.”
There is the chance the Bruins will not bring all their regular players with them on their trip up to Ottawa, with the thought being why make them travel if you’re not planning on playing them?
If things go the right way for the Bruins, they could have a slightly easier road to the Eastern Conference Finals. If the chips fall right the B’s get the Florida Panthers in the second round, and although it should be an easier matchup, Goucher says any team in the playoffs should be tough.
“They know first-hand from last year that they’ve got to beat all sorts of good teams if they’re going to win,” he said.
Defenseman Adam McQuaid is still out after being hit hard into the end boards by Washington winger Jason Chimera last Thursday. McQuaid only suffered a swollen left eye from the hit, but what’s the latest news with the defenseman?
“Hopefully by now, five days later, it’s gotten better. I was just happy that he didn’t, it looked like that had concussion possibilities written all over it.”