Tuukka Rask, Girlfriend Welcome First Child Amid Bruins-Canadiens Drama

Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask is now a proud daddy.

The Boston Bruins goaltender and his girlfriend welcomed their first child, a girl, into the world over the weekend.

The birth came after the Bruins’ win Saturday over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series and before the team was set to leave for Montreal on Monday.

Bruins backup goalie Chad Johnson told ESPN Boston on Friday that he wasn’t sure whether Rask would elect to miss a playoff game if the baby arrived before or during one, but that he’d be ready to fill in if need be.

“I’ve sort of talked to him about it. You don’t know what’s going to happen there, so you sort of have to be ready,” Johnson said. “I don’t know if he’s going to leave or not leave in that situation, but again, you can’t really control anything. I just have to try to be ready for any situation, if I get to start or I get put in, I want to make the best of it and try to do as well as you can.”

Johnson’s services were not required, as Rask recorded 28 saves in a 5-3 win Saturday after struggling in the Bruins’ double-overtime loss in Game 1. Game 3 is set for Tuesday night in Montreal.

Rask led the team’s on-ice stretch Monday at TD Garden in his first practice as a father.

Photo via Twitter/@NHLBruins

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