Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask may not make the trip with his team to Long Island today for their tilt with the New York Islanders Tuesday night.
When Rask got pulled for the extra skater with his team down 1-0 late in the Bruins’ 1-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils Sunday, he raced to the bench in obvious pain and grabbing his lower back.
Heres Tuukka Rask leaving the ice for the extra attacker late in the 3rd period. Appeared to be shaken up after a collision with Miles Wood a few minutes prior. Doesn't look great pic.twitter.com/RcaBeBuQwu
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Following an optional practice Monday morning that Tuukka Rask and numerous teammates took the option on and stayed off the ice, Boston Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy told the media the team was contemplating just leaving Tuukka Rask back in Boston to recoup in the hopes he’d be good to go for a two-game set with the New York Rangers at TD Garden Thursday and Saturday.
“We had an optional practice today and most of the players took it, we’ve been on a pretty heavy week,” Cassidy pointed out. “So he obviously was a little bit uncomfortable, we’ll see how his status is for tomorrow. I believe it’s Jaro’s start anyway, so if there’s an issue at all, we may send someone else to back up, just for precautionary measures because it’s a quick trip in and out. That’s the adjustment we’d make like I said if he’s not prepared to back up or going to be able to back up. I’ll have a better idea on that going forward.”
Tuukka Rask stopped 24 of 25 Devils shots and kept the visitors off the scoreboard until Devils winger Kyle Palmieri scored the eventual game-winner and only goal of the game with 4:37 left in regulation. The 2020 Vezina Trophy finalist is 8-4-3 with a 2.46 GAA and .906 save percentage.
Halak is 5-2-1 with a 2.24 GAA and .913 save percentage. He stopped 31 of 32 Washington Capitals shots in a 5-1 win for the Bruins Friday but was shelled in his previous start, against the Islanders on Feb. 25 when he allowed seven goals on 37 shots.