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Bruins backup offers a saving grace

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PHOENIX — With Tuukka Rask coming back from Sochi, Russia, and a demanding March schedule in which the Bruins play 17 games, the Bruins could have been in trouble. They could have overextended their starter, a bad idea in the face of a potentially arduous playoff run. Or they could have had to rely on an inconsistent backup, worrying every time he was sent out to play.

Instead, the Bruins have Chad Johnson, who recorded his second shutout of the season, stoning the host Avalanche, 2-0, on Friday night. It was the first time that Colorado had been shut out this year.

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