Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has opted out of the remainder of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the team announced Saturday morning, just 90 minutes before puck drop of Game 3 in Toronto.
“I want to be with my teammates competing, but at this moment, there are things more important than hockey in my life, and that is being with my family,” Rask said in a statement released by the team. “I want to thank the Bruins and my teammates and wish them success.”
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney addressed the media Saturday morning shortly after the announcement.
“We understand completely where (he’s) coming from. … This has been a difficult decision for Tuukka, but the Boston Bruins are in full support (of his decision),” Sweeney said.
Jaroslav Halak will start Game 3 in net for the Bruins — and probably the rest of the games moving forward.