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Boston Bruins G Tuukka Rask Exits Game After First Period



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After stopping all six New York Islanders shots in the first period and helping his team to a 2-0 lead after one period, Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask did not come out for the second period and was replaced by Jaro Halak.

Tuukka Rask, who was playing in his first game since March 7, was not even on the bench as the backup to start the second period at TD Garden. The Bruins immediately tweeted that Rask would not return due to an upper-body injury.


The Bruins had a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Steven Kampfer and Karson Kuhlman.

In that game on March 7, a 1-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils, Rask left the ice for the extra skater crouched over and grabbing his lower back. He missed the last seven games but was on the team’s most recent road trip last week and was cleared to play on Thursday morning.

Tuukka Rask is 8-4-2 with a 2.46 goals-against average and .906 save percentage and was gunning for his 300th career victory Thursday. That milestone has eluded now for two games and if the Bruins – who were winning 2-1 in the second period when this was posted – hold on for the win, he won’t even be able to be on the ice to celebrate it with his teammates and the 2,300 fans at TD Garden tonight.

Boston Hockey Now will update you with whatever info we get on Rask during postgame media availability.

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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