Boston Bruins

Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins looks on during the second period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 19, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

Something that’s none of our business was confirmed by Bruins president Cam Neely on Thursday, with Neely noting that Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask did in fact leave the Toronto bubble and opt out of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs due to a family emergency.

“[Rask] came to us and spoke to us the morning of Game 3, where he said he had to go home and deal with a family emergency, so we respected that,” said Neely. “Now it’s about the guys that are here and the team that we have here that we have to focus.”

This is what Rask by all means said in his own statement, and what Don Sweeney intimated in his press conference last weekend. Sweeney did note that everyone in Rask’s family was “safe and healthy,” but that Rask needed to go be a father. The Bruins also threw their full support behind Rask when speaking after their first game without their 2020 Vezina finalist.

“There is nothing more important than your family,” Zdeno Chara said. “You know at this point we want to make sure that everybody else respects his privacy and you know I think we all just want to wish his family the best and that’s it.”

When it came to the potential of Rask returning to the team at some point this postseason, which would be allowed by the NHL if he decided he wanted to do that, however, Neely chose to focus on those still with the team.

“The guys are focused on who’s here and what we have to do to play well and to give ourselves a chance to win,” said Neely. “It’s really about the group here and our players really focus on that. They talk a lot about it. They’re really a close group to begin with, both young and older players really get along well. Have a lot of fun together.

“They’re tight both on and off the ice, which I think helps make a successful club.”

The Bruins will play anyone with the exception of the Canadiens in round two.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 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.