Rask takes torch from Thomas as Bruins return

Updated: January 17, 2013, 5:50 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- There's one big difference for the Boston Bruins this year as they try to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons.

They'll have to do it without Tim Thomas, the Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goaltender who was the star of their 2011 championship run. The enigmatic but frequently unbeatable goalie has decided to take a year off, choosing instead to relax with his family in Colorado.

That leaves the No. 1 goaltender job in the skates of Tuukka Rask, ...

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