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Tuukka Rask May Not Make Trip To Long Island With Boston Bruins

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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.

 

 

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.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, 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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Rick W Murray

The bruins should be okay if they make the playoffs as long as they don’t meet NJ, Washington, New York Islanders, Tampa, This years version of the leafs, Montreal, Vegas and at least a dozen other teams

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