Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask told Boston Hockey Now in a Zoom call with the media on Tuesday that he has been practicing with a broken finger on his glove hand since training camp began on July 13. The Vezina Trophy finalist did say that he’s confident his finger will be healed and ready to go for Phase 4 of the NHL Return and the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“I fractured my finger a couple of weeks ago doing box jumps,” Rask replied when asked about the splint. “So it’s a small fracture, nothing major. but you can probably imagine it’s not going to feel great to catch pucks with that. … “I’m not worried about it, it’s just one of those things that’s going to linger a little bit. It’s been what, two-to-three weeks now, and it already feels a lot better. So I’m pretty optimistic that in a week I’ll have my normal glove on.”
Rask has left two practices early and missed one already since phase 3 of the NHL Return began on July 13. He was also sporting a splint on the middle and ring fingers of his left hand when he did the Vezina Trophy Finalists Zoom call this past Friday.
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Prior to Rask’s Zoom call, head coach Bruce Cassidy was asked about the splint and quipped: “Too much drums I think! You better ask Tuukka.”
That’s what we did and now Rask has reminded us again of what a gamer he is and why he was nominated for an award he already won in 2014 as the NHL’s best goalie. This season Rask was 26-8-6 record with five shutouts, a 2.12 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. He led the NHL in both goals-against average and save percentage (minimum 30 starts) and was tied for second in shutouts.