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Was Tuukka Rask Injured At End of Boston Bruins Loss?

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As if the Boston Bruins didn’t have enough problems after losing to the New Jersey Devils for the third time in four tries this season, it looks like Tuukka Rask might have been dinged up in the final few minutes of the 1-0 loss to the Devils on Sunday night.

Rask looked like his lower back was bothering him as he skated to the Bruins bench in the final minutes of the third period for an extra attacker and moved gingerly toward the bench. It looked like it might have been the result of a collision with Miles Wood in the crease a couple of minutes prior at the end of a Bruins power play possession.

Certainly the video of Rask holding his lower back and hunched over while skating toward the bench wasn’t very encouraging.

Rask stopped 24 of the 25 shots that he faced during the loss and wasn’t to blame for the Kyle Palmieri game-winner in the final five minutes of the third after he made the initial save on a PK Subban tester from the face-off circle.

Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy wasn’t about Rask’s condition postgame, and the Bruins goaltender didn’t speak with the media after he was initially supposed to speak postgame. Instead, Charlie Coyle addressed the media postgame in his place.

So, it stands to reason the 33-year-old goaltender was getting treatment for whatever was ailing him and may be battling a physical issue just as the schedule is about to get pretty heavy for the Black and Gold.

The Bruins are set to play seven games in 11 days beginning on Tuesday with a road game against the New York Islanders, and it would clearly be less than ideal if their No. 1 goalie is dinged up to begin that dense stretch of games.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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