Feb 12, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT
Rask, 26, was pegged by many to be the starter prior to the tournament, but he said he was unsure how the coaching staff would juggle playing time between himself, Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen and San Jose’s Antti Niemi — even suggesting all three would get a game during the preliminary stage.
Against Austria, though, it’ll be Rask in goal with Lehtonen backing up. That puts Niemi in the No. 3 spot to begin the tournament.
Rask has been his usual stellar self for the Bruins this year, winning 25 games while posting a .928 save percentage and 2.11 GAA.
Following the Austria game, the Finns play Norway before wrapping up group play with a huge tilt against Canada on Sunday.
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