Rask refuted earlier reports that he was mulling retirement after the 2020-21 season, telling reporters, "I'm sure we're going to have good conversations with (Don Sweeney) after this season and go from there. But I'm only 34, so it's not too old, might play another year or two and go from there. I don't want to promise anything either way because you never know what's going to happen," Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports. While it's certainly encouraging news for the Bruins faithful, the focus for many will be getting back to the Stanley Cup Finals after losing out to St. Louis last year. In 41 appearances this year, the 32-year-old has posted a 26-8-6 record with five shutouts and a 2.12 GAA. If the regular season resumes, the netminder could split time with Jaroslav Halak but figures to be the No. 1 guy if the league goes straight into the playoffs.
Rask may be considering retirement following the 2020-21 season, Matt Porter of the Boston Globe reports. In his interview, Rask mentioned that he may retire after his contract expires since he wants to spend more time with his family. The 33-year-old Finn is still at the top of his game, recording a 2.12 GAA and .929 save percentage alongside a 26-8-6 record this season. Rask's career .922 save percentage is tied for the best mark of any goalie with at least 300 games played in NHL history.
Rask stopped 36 shots to post his fifth shutout in a 2-0 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday. It took a rather incredible performance from Rask to end Philadelphia's nine-game winning streak. Rask stopped 29 shots at even strength, five on the power play and then two in short-handed situations. This was his second shutout in the last four games, which has propelled Rask to a league-leading 2.12 GAA. He is also 26-8-6 with a .929 save percentage this season.
Rask will guard the net versus the Flyers on the road Tuesday, Mike Loftus of The Patriot Ledger reports. Rask was shelled by the Lightning his last time out to the tune of four goals allowed on 24 shots (.833 save percentage). The netminder has already reached the 25-win mark for the seventh straight year but may not get enough starts down the stretch to get to 30. With Rask going Tuesday, coach Bruce Cassidy will give Thursday's road start against Buffalo to Jaroslav Halak.
Rask made 20 saves in a 5-3 loss to the Lightning on Saturday. He allowed four goals. He sharpened his focus as the game went on, but the first period was a challenge. Rask allowed not one, but two shorthanded goals on the same penalty in a 1:02 span. He's 2-3 in his last five games and they've been a study in contrasts. He allowed one goal in the two wins, but 14 in the three losses. It's good for Rask to get this out of his system now, rather than at the start of April.
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