Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins tends goal against the St. Louis Blues during the second period at TD Garden on November 22, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Blues won 4-2. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

It’s never good when a goaltender sees red lights.

That adage actually applied to Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask’s off-ice life in the bubble city, too, as Rask’s honest self-reporting of a cough landed him in a mandatory two-day quarantine and out of Sunday’s round-robin opener against the Flyers.

“I had a cough, so I clicked ‘yes’ on the [health] app, and all kinds of red lights started blinking and I was quarantined for two days,” Rask, who returned to practice on Monday, said. “They wanted to do two negative tests after that, and that’s it. So I was back today.”

Given the obvious potential danger that’d come with COVID-19 spreading through the bubble, Rask understood his league-mandated quarantine for a cough coming as a result of the NHL doing everything they can to prevent a potential outbreak.

“I just think they want to be very cautious of that,” Rask offered. “If there’s any symptoms because if you happen to test positive… you’ve already spread it around to who knows how many guys.”

And though he missed Sunday’s contest, Rask, who is expected to start Wednesday’s game against the Lightning, is confident that he’ll have enough time to get his game up to speed and ready to go for the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“It wasn’t easy to lay in our bed a couple of days being quarantined, but you’re just trying to catch up and get your legs back under you and get ramping up again,” Rask said of his return to the team. “A couple of more [round-robin] games and I feel confident the next few days I’ll be back to normal.”

The 33-year-old Rask, who stopped 17-of-20 shots in an exhibition half-game outing against the Jackets last week, compiled a a 26-8-6 record and .929 save percentage save in  41 games this year.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.