Boston Bruins goalkeeper Tuukka Rask will miss at least the next two games with an upper body injury, coach Bruce Cassidy said Friday.
Rask, 34, will miss Boston’s home games against the visiting Buffalo Sabers (Saturday) and Satan New Jersey (Sunday).
The former Vezina Cup recipient fixes his back in a match against Satan on March 7. He missed the team’s next six games before playing just the first period in the Bruins’ 4-3 extra-time defeat to the New York Islanders on Thursday.
Tuukka this morning, he will get treatment. “He’s not going to play this weekend and then we’ll leave from there,” Cassidy said on Friday. “Again, until he gets back on the ice, hopefully nothing (nothing) is important there, but obviously something is going on where he will have to leave the game again with the same injury as last time.
“We have to make sure that we (get him) see and make the right calls next time and make sure he – I think, not make the right calls – we assume he is ready to play. That’s why he came in. He said he was, the medical staff, but obviously we have to keep an eye on him if it’s anything to flare up. “
Rask, who stopped all six shots he faced on Thursday, is 8-4-2 with an average of 2.40 goals and a saved percentage of 0.907 in 15 games (all started) this season. He played the final season of an eight-year contract worth $ 56 million.
Rask has a 299-162-66 record with 50 closes, 2.27 GAA and 0.921 save percentage in 551 career games (531 starts) with the Bruins. He has been with the Bruins organization since June 2006 and made his NHL debut in 2007.He was the first round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2005.
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