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Update: Rask Leaves Game After Suffering Concussion From Jab To Head From Bemstrom



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The hits keep coming for the Boston Bruins! After having their three-game win streak snapped in an embarrassing fashion as they blew a 5-2 lead on the Philadelphia Flyers and losing 6-5 in the shootout, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was forced to leave their game in Columbus Tuesday night 1:12 into the game with what head coach Bruce Cassidy later confirmed to the media was a concussion. As the second period began, the Bruins then announced the Bruins goalie would not return and had an upper-body injury. 

As he was skating through the front of the net and battling Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo, Blue Jackets forward Emil Bemstrom gave Rask a chicken wing jab to the head. Rask stayed on the ice and slowly got up after a minute or so. He was then attended to by Bruins trainer Donnie Del Negro and left the game presumably for the quiet room. 

Jaro Halak, who was lit up for five goals on 39 shots in the loss at Philly Monday night, was thrown back into the fire. 

No further update was given on Rask prior to the first period ending.


With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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