With a difficult goalie decision on his hands, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has chosen to go with his No. 1 netminder Tuukka Rask tonight against the iron of the league when the Bruins take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Garden.

Cassidy made the call to bypass backup Anton Khudobin, who is 7-0-2 on the season and has been in goal for the B's last four victories.

“I don't know if there's one (deciding factor) in particular,” said Cassidy. “He hasn't played a lot lately, Anton has. It's been well documented that he's playing well. I tried to answer it the other day that we've got to get Tuukka's game where he's good with it and playing well. The best way to do that is get him starts, so he'll get one tonight.”

Rask's record is 3-8-2 and he lost on Sunday to the Edmonton Oilers, 4-2, with an empty net goal at the end. "He wasn't perfect," said Cassidy, "but he wasn't terrible. It was more about the team in front of him.

“I think the team plays well in front of both goaltenders and other nights we need to be better," said Cassidy. "And I think we've played well in front of Tuukka on lots of nights. The other night, we were not good in terms of our jump and energy. We were horrible defensively, we just didn't have a lot of push-back. We couldn't extend the lead, we didn't have what it took to pull away.