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Tuukka Rask: Outlines return timetable
Rask, who underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip in late July, believes that he'll be ready to return to action late this year or early in 2022, NHL.com reports.
"I'll be ready to go probably around Christmastime, January," Rask noted Wednesday. "So hopefully I can start skating here in a month and a half or so and then progress from there and be ready to go in January." Though the The 34-year-old is an unrestricted free agent, he's made it clear that if he does resume his NHL playing career, it would be with the Bruins. Moreover, Rask -- who's coming off an eight-year, $56 million contract with Boston -- indicated that "money won't be an issue" if a return to the team ends up being in the cards. Such an outcome hinges on his recovery and rehab going well, with coach Bruce Cassidy not counting on Rask being able to play "until well into February I would think or late January." Until then the Bruins will go with promising prospect Jeremy Swayman and free-agent acquisition Linus Ullmark as their goalies, and if/when Rask is ready to go at some point this coming season, evaluations and/or moves will be made by the team at that time.... See More ... See Less
Tuukka Rask: Undergoes hip procedure
Rask recently underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, Joe McDonald of The Athletic reports.
As a result, Rask is expected to be out until January or February. Though he's an unrestricted free agent, the 34-year-old has stated that he has no interest in playing for any organization other than Boston. Whether he re-signs with the Bruins down the road presumably hinges on how well and how soon he's able to recover from his procedure, as well as the team's context at that time. For now Jeremy Swayman and Daniel Vladar top the B's goaltending depth chart.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Hip surgery scheduled
GM Don Sweeney indicated that Rask is on track to undergo hip surgery at the end of July, Eric Russo of the Bruins' official site reports.
The procedure is expected to keep Rask out until early 2022. The 34-year-old is headed for unrestricted free agency, but has already indicated that he has no interest in playing for any team other than the Bruins. Given that he won't be ready to play when the 2021-22 season starts -- regardless of whether Rask re-signs down the road -- the Bruins seem likely to add goaltending depth to complement the team's returning duo of Jeremy Swayman and Daniel Vladar.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Headed for surgery
Rask -- who played with a torn hip labrum -- will need surgery in the offseason and is expected to be sidelined until at least January, Joe Haggerty of BostonHockeyNow.com reports.
In his exit interview, Rask also told reporters he has no intention of playing anywhere other than Boston, but his expected absence for the first three months of the 2021-22 season will no doubt complicate things for the club. Not only does the 34-year-old veteran need a new contract, but long-time backup Jaroslav Halak could be looking for greener pastures, as well, and may not want to play second fiddle to Jeremy Swayman.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Surrenders four goals in Game 6
Rask (undisclosed) stopped 23 of 27 shots Wednesday in a 6-2 loss to the Islanders in Game 6.
Rask, who received the start despite an unknown injury, gave up a pair of goals to Brock Nelson and single tallies by Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri. He allowed eight goals over the final two games of the series and finished the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a .919 save percentage in 11 starts.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: In goal for Game 6
Rask (undisclosed) will patrol the crease on the road during Wednesday's must-win Game 6 versus the Islanders, Joe Haggerty of BostonHockeyNow.com reports.
Rask was considered questionable due to an undisclosed issue, but he'll gut it and play through what is presumably a nagging injury for a must-win Game 6. The Finnish backstop struggled in Monday's Game 5, surrendering four goals on just 16 shots through the first two periods before being replaced by Jeremy Swayman for the final frame, so he'll be looking for a bounce-back performance Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Iffy for Game 6
When asked about Rask's (undisclosed) availability for Wednesday's Game 6 versus the Islanders, coach Bruce Cassidy said, "We'll find out tomorow," Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
Rask was yanked from Monday's Game 5 loss to the Isles after allowing four goals on 16 shots through the first two periods of the contest, but following the match, Cassidy revealed the veteran netminder was "not 100 percent." The specific nature of Rask's injury remains a mystery, but if he's unavailable for Game 6, rookie Jeremy Swayman will likely get the starting nod for the must-win contest.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Pulled in Game 5
Rask (undisclosed) was pulled after allowing four goals on 16 shots through two periods in Monday's Game 5 loss to the Islanders, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Jeremy Swayman entered the game in relief of Rask to begin the third, but after the game, head coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned that Rask was "not 100 percent". It's unclear what he's dealing with, but it appears to be a minor injury, as the 34-year-old still managed to start the contest. Rask's status for Game 6 in New York on Wednesday is up in the air at the moment.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Starting Game 5
Rask will start Monday's Game 5 against the Islanders.
Rask set aside 58 of 61 shots between Games 3 and 4 for a .951 save percentage, but that strong play merely earned a split over the two games in New York, so the series heads back to Boston tied at two games apiece. The Finnish netminder will look to stay locked in for this pivotal matchup.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Makes 30 saves in loss
Rask allowed two goals on 32 shots in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Islanders in Game 4. The last two goals were empty-netters.
Rask wasn't bad in goal Saturday, but Kyle Palmieri scored in the second period and Mathew Barzal batted a puck out of midair for the game-winner in the third. The 34-year-old Rask has allowed two or fewer goals in six of his last seven starts, with five wins in that span. He'll look to get back on track in Monday's pivotal Game 5 back in Boston.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Gets starting nod
Rask will guard the road goal during Saturday's Game 4 versus the Islanders, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Rask was excellent in Thursday's Game 3, turning aside 28 of 29 shots en route to a 2-1 victory. The Finnish netminder will try to help the Bruins secure a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Isles by picking up his seventh victory of this postseason Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Sharp in OT victory
Rask kicked out 28 of 29 shots in a 2-1 overtime win over the Islanders in Game 3 on Thursday.
Rask wasn't as busy as New York counterpart Semyon Varlamov, but he came up especially big late in the game to help Boston claim a 2-1 series lead. Rask stopped Anthony Beauvillier on a partial breakaway with 3:15 left in regulation to preserve a 1-1 tie, then he turned away Mathew Barzal on the doorstep just over two minutes into the extra session. Rask boasts a .934 save percentage in his eight playoff appearances.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Good to go Thursday
Rask (undisclosed) is healthy and available to start against the Islanders in Game 3 on the road Thursday after coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters, "Tuukka's ready to go every playoff game. There's no issue there," Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Rask is reportedly dealing with some lingering injuries but it's not expected to stop him from starting for the Bruins in the playoffs. If the veteran netminder's injuries get worse, Boston would likely turn to Jeremy Swayman. In the postseason, Rask is 5-2 in seven contests with a 2.06 GAA and .930 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Loses Game 2 in overtime
Rask allowed four goals on 39 shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders in Game 2.
Rask was solid in the third period to allow the Bruins to come back from a two-goal deficit. In overtime, a turnover at the Islanders' blue line led to Casey Cizikas rushing down the ice on a breakaway to score the game-winner on Rask. The Finnish goalie saw his five-game winning streak snapped Monday, and it's also the first time he's given up more than three goals in a game in these playoffs. He's been good enough to earn plenty of leeway, so expect head coach Bruce Cassidy to turn to him again in Thursday's Game 3.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Dealing with nagging injuries
Coach Bruce Cassidy relayed following Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders that Rask has been playing through some "nagging" unspecified injury issues, Joe Haggerty of BostonHockeyNow.com reports.
"He's been dealing with some injuries all year, obviously good enough to play," Cassidy noted. As for the availability of Rask for Thursday's Game 3 versus the Islanders, Cassidy indicated that he doesn't "believe there's any reason to think (Rask) won't be able to go." As long as the Bruins' top goalie avoids any further setbacks, he'll continue to start during the team's playoff run, with Jeremy Swayman on hand to back him up.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Slated to start Monday
Rask is expected to tend the twine for Monday's Game 2 at home versus the Islanders, per Conor Ryan of MassLive.com.
Rask is riding a five-game winning streak, during which he's posted a 1.65 GAA and .943 save percentage. At this point, it would likely take a handful of bad outings for coach Bruce Cassidy to consider using anyone other than Rask in the crease.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: In goal for Game 1
Rask will guard the home goal during Saturday's Game 1 versus the Islanders, Evan Marinofsky of CLNS reports.
Rask was fantastic in Boston's first-round series against Washington, going 4-1-0 while posting an excellent 1.81 GAA and .941 save percentage. The Finnish backstop will try to help the Bruins start the second round off on the right foot by picking up his fifth win of the postseason Saturday against the Isles.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Starts second round with win
Rask turned aside 20 of 22 shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 1.
Rask received plenty of goal support in the form of a David Pastrnak hat trick in Game 1. The 34-year-old Rask has played his best hockey of the year in the playoffs -- he's allowed just six goals in his last four games, and he's won five straight starts. The Finn is locked in as the Bruins' No. 1 netminder, and he should be in goal again for Monday's Game 2.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Draws Game 5 start
Rask will patrol the crease for Sunday's Game 5 tilt with Washington, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Since the Capitals took a 1-0 lead in the series, Rask has rattled off three straight wins. He's allowed just six goals on 96 shots during that span and made 19 of 20 saves in Friday's Game 4 victory. The 34-year-old sports a 1.99 GAA and a .930 save percentage during the postseason.... See More ... See Less
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