COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Bruins can be completely happy to get to the All-Star break, and that goes double for his or her No. 1 netminder.
Walking away with nothing regardless of a strong effort Tuesday night time, the Bruins couldn’t overcome the early loss of Tuukka Rask and have been blanked, 3-0, by the host Blue Jackets. The Bruins dropped to 27-9-12, shedding in regulation for the second time in 4 weeks.
Rask was downed by a blindside punch to the pinnacle from Columbus rookie Emil Bemstrom, and he was dominated out the remainder of the night time. Bemstrom caught an unsuspecting Rask with a gloved fist as he strode diagonally by way of the crease from behind the Bruins’ web.
After the sport, coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned Rask was concussed.
Tuukka Rask leaves the sport after getting clocked in the facet of the pinnacle. No penalty pic.twitter.com/ozogqwPtuM
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) January 15, 2020
The punch, which was not penalized, rattled Rask’s masks and dropped the 32-year-old All-Star to the ice. Prone for a number of lengthy moments and sluggish to rise up, Rask left for the locker room below his personal energy. Jaroslav Halak changed him.
Halak (24 saves) allowed a pair of softies amongst his three, together with ex-Bruin Riley Nash’s fourth of the season at 13:05 of the third. He additionally gave up a five-hole aim to Alexander Wennberg 13:27 in.
Rask introduced Monday that as a substitute of collaborating throughout All-Star Weekend, he would relaxation. That would be the prescription anyway.
Bemstrom’s punch arrived almost a yr after Rask’s final recognized concussion. On Jan. 19, in his ultimate begin earlier than the All-Star break, Rask was shocked by crease-crashing Rangers ahead Filip Chytil. Rask recovered through the nine-day layoff, and didn’t miss a begin.
Rask, who earned his second All-Star choice earlier than saying he needed some R&R, ranks fourth in save proportion (.925) and targets in opposition to common (2.27) amongst goalies with 20 or extra begins. He is 17-4-6.