The Boston Bruins issued an update on Tuukka Rask on Friday, announcing that the goaltender has been granted a leave of absence “relating to a personal matter.”
Bruins GM Don Sweeney addressed reporters shortly after the announcement, saying that Rask’s leave of absence is not health-related.
Rask was not present at the Bruins’ morning skate on Friday at Warrior Ice Arena. Jaroslav Halak was present, along with a replacement goalie. According to the Boston Globe’s Matt Porter, the other netminder was Mass. State Trooper Keith Segee, whom the team had been holding on an emergency basis.
The 31-year-old goaltender allowed three goals on 14 shots in a mop-up role on Thursday night, after the Vancouver Canucks chased Halak from the game in an 8-5 win over the Bruins at TD Garden.
Sweeney said the Bruins will call up a goalie from Providence in Rask’s stead after Friday’s P-Bruins game, either Zane McIntyre or Daniel Vladar.
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