Rask (rest) won't dress for Tuesday's regular-season finale against the Capitals, per coach Bruce Cassidy, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
Rask will sit out to ensure he's healthy for the postseason, which begins Saturday. Jeremy Swayman will start Tuesday, while Jaroslav Halak will work in a backup role. Rask will finish the regular season with a 15-5-2 record, 2.28 GAA and .913 save percentage. He'll open the playoffs as the starter, but Rask could cede playing time to Swayman if the Finn struggles at any point.
Rask stopped 16 shots in Monday's 3-2 overtime win over the Islanders.
The veteran netminder didn't see a lot of volume, but he did enough to help the Bruins clinch the No. 3 seed in the East Division and a first-round matchup with the Capitals. Rask has a 15-5-2 record, a 2.28 GAA and a .913 save percentage on the season, but Boston will likely put someone else between the pipes Tuesday for the regular-season finale -- a playoff preview against Washington.
Rask will start Monday's game against the Islanders, coach Bruce Cassidy announced Sunday, Eric Russo of NHL.com reports.
Rask gave up five goals on just 23 shots to the Rangers on Saturday but will look to bounce back in what figures to be a more defensively oriented tilt against the Islanders on Monday. With Jeremy Swayman ticketed to take Tuesday's season finale against Washington, Monday will be Rask's last opportunity to build some momentum ahead of the playoffs.
Rask made 18 saves in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Rangers.
The two teams were tied 1-1 heading into the third period before the wheels came off for both defenses, with Rask taking the worst of the offensive onslaught. It was the veteran netminder's first regulation loss since March 7, snapping a six-game winning streak, and the five goals allowed were his most in an outing since Feb. 26.
Rask will start Saturday afternoon's game against the Rangers, Joe Haggerty of BostonHockeyNow.com reports.
After Thursday, look for Rask to get one more regular-season start, Monday night against the Islanders. Then once the playoffs commence, he'll log the bulk of the action in net for the Bruins, backed up by Jeremy Swayman and Jaroslav Halak. Rask has won his last three turns, while allowing three goals in that span.
Rask registered 20 saves Monday in a 3-0 win over the Devils.
Rask had a relatively easy go of it versus a punchless New Jersey squad and the end result was a second shutout in his past five starts. The 34-year-old was inconsistent through the first two months of the season but has locked it down since the start of March to the tune of a .948 save percentage over 10 appearances.
Rask will patrol the road crease for Monday's game against New Jersey.
The 34-year-old has been a steady presence in net as of late, going 5-0-0 along with a 1.93 GAA and .936 save percentage over his last five starts. In just two outings against the Devils this season, Rask has gone 1-1-0 while stopping 44 of 47 shots over that span. It may be a tougher test Monday, as the Devils offense has averaged 4.00 goals per game in their last five contests.
Rask turned away 29 of 31 shots Thursday in a 5-2 win over Buffalo.
Rask gave up a juicy rebound that led directly to Casey Mittelstadt's first-period goal, but the 34-year-old was otherwise sharp in earning his fifth win in six April starts. Rask improved to 13-4-2 on the year with a 2.27 GAA and .916 save percentage.
Rask will start Thursday night's game against the Sabres.
Rask, who was sharp while stopping 25 shots in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Penguins, will take aim at a last-place Sabres squad has has dropped two straight, but beat the Bruins 6-4 this past Friday with Rask in net.
Rask kicked out 25 of 26 shots Tuesday in a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Rask turned in a tidy performance and was less than three minutes away from a shutout when Pittsburgh's Jeff Carter beat him with a blast from the right faceoff circle. The 34-year-old Rask earned his fourth win in five April starts and boasts a .937 save percentage during that run.
Rask will start Tuesday night's game against the Penguins, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
In his last outing, Rask stopped 24 of 28 shots before being pulled early in the third period of this past Friday's 6-4 loss to the Sabres. He'll look to bounce back Tuesday and help the Bruins -- who've lost two straight -- regain their winning ways. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh is on a four-game roll, most recently blanking Boston by a 1-0 score Sunday.
Rask stopped 24 of 28 shots before being replaced by Jaroslav Halak early in the third period of Friday's 6-4 loss to the Sabres.
Boston was down 4-1 when Rask got the hook, but he was able to escape taking a loss when the Bruins scored three times in 5:06 later in the period. The veteran netminder is still 3-0-0 since returning to the ice from an upper-body injury, and on the season he sports a 2.36 GAA and .913 save percentage.
Rask will protect the road goal in Friday's game versus the Sabres, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
Jeremy Swayman backstopped the Bruins to a 5-1 win over the Sabres on Thursday, and Rask will handle the second half of the back-to-back. The 34-year-old Rask has allowed just four goals in three games since he returned from a back injury April 15. He shut out the Sabres 2-0 in his last start Tuesday, so he's a solid choice for fantasy managers.
Rask turned aside 32 shots in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Sabres.
The veteran recorded his first shutout of the season and the 51st of his illustrious career. Rask has won three straight starts since returning to the ice, and on the year he sports a sharp 2.22 GAA and .916 save percentage.
Rask will start Tuesday night's game against the Sabres, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
Ryan also notes that Jeremy Swayman could start Thursday night's game against Buffalo, while Jaroslav Halak works his way back from a COVID-related absence. Such a scenario would figure to lead to Rask tending the twine Friday against the Sabres. As for Tuesday, the matchup looks good for Rask, with the Bruins having won four straight games and Buffalo sitting last in the NHL with 31 points.
Rask stopped 30 of 33 shots Sunday in a 6-3 victory over the Capitals.
Rask was only beaten once at even strength, a T.J. Oshie rebound tally with 10 seconds left in the opening period. Otherwise, the only offense Washington could muster came with the man advantage when the Capitals briefly took a 3-2 lead early in the middle frame. Rask has strung together two straight wins since returning from injury Thursday, stopping 52 of 56 shots (.929 save percentage).
Rask will start Sunday afternoon's game against the Capitals, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
Shinzawa adds that Rask, who started Thursday night's 4-1 win over the Islanders, won't suit up for Friday's rematch in order to ensure that he isn't pressed into duty. As a result, Daniel Vladar will back up Jeremy Swayman.
Rask stopped 22 of 23 shots to earn his 300th NHL win Thursday in a 4-1 victory over the Islanders.
Rask was making his first appearance since March 25 after being sidelined with an upper-body injury. The 34-year-old was nearly perfect in his return, allowing just a Travis Zajac goal from the doorstep early in the second period. Rask has logged a .961 save percentage over his last five appearances, although that stretch was interrupted by his injury absence.
Coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Rask, who had been dealing with an upper-body injury, will start Thursday night's game against the Islanders.
This was the expected outcome, but it hinged on Rask -- who last suited up March 25 -- avoiding any setbacks leading up to Thursday. Assuming he comes out of his first start back without any issues, expect the Bruins' top goalie to draw his next turn Sunday afternoon against the Capitals.
Rask (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Wednesday, per CapFriendly.
This is the clearest indication yet that Rask has a good chance of suiting up Thursday versus the Islanders. He's expected to start that contest after missing 17 of the last 18 games due to injury.
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|05/10||vs NYI||W 3-2 (OT)||1||2||16||18|
|05/08||vs NYR||L 4-5||1||5||18||23|
|05/03||@ NJ||W 3-0||1||0||20||20|
|04/29||vs BUF||W 5-2||1||2||29||31|
|04/27||@ PIT||W 3-1||1||1||25||26|
|04/23||@ BUF||L 4-6||4||24||28|
|04/20||@ BUF||W 2-0||1||0||32||32|
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