Tuukka Rask will not play Tuesday night in the Boston Bruins’ first game after the NHL All-Star break.
The Bruins announced Monday that Rask has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 19. The veteran goaltender has been dealing with a concussion he suffered in a nasty collision with New York Rangers forward Filip Chytil during Boston’s final game before the break.
The Bruins have recalled netminder Zane McIntyre from Providence on an emergency basis. It’s still unclear how long Rask will be sidelined, but teammate David Pastrnak revealed last week the Finnish goaltender was “feeling good” in his recovery. Jaroslav Halak will be tasked with serving as Boston’s No. 1 goalie in Rask’s absence.
The Bruins also announced Monday that forwards Ryan Donato and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson have been assigned to Providence. Forwards Peter Cehlarik and Trent Frederic have been recalled from the Baby B’s.
Rask played well recently before going down in the first period of Boston’s 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19. The 31-year-old owns a 14-8-3 record with a 2.43 goals against average and .919 save percentage this season.
The Bruins begin the second half of their schedule Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets at TD Garden. They’ll also host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night before traveling to D.C. for a Sunday afternoon clash with the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
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