As the Bruins retrieved a puck behind their own net on the power play, a seemingly harmless late-game bump in the back from a forechecking Michael McLeod left Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask slightly hunched over.
But Rask stayed on his feet and in his net without any issues, and appeared to be OK.
That was until Rask received the call to come to the B’s bench for the extra attacker.
Tuukka Rask struggled to get to the Boston bench: pic.twitter.com/INwQEWVMmy— Evan Marinofsky (@emarinofsky) March 8, 2021
Well, that didn’t look good.
It played out to Rask staying off the ice Monday, and the possibility of Rask remaining home for the B’s quick one-game trip to Long Island for a Tuesday head-to-head with the Islanders.
“Obviously [Rask] was a little bit uncomfortable,” said Cassidy. “We’ll see what his status is for [Tuesday].
“I believe it’s Jaro’s start, anyway. If there’s any issue at all we may send someone else to back up just for precautionary measures because it’s a quick trip in and out. That’s the adjustment we’d make if he’s not prepared to back up or not able to back up.”
This wouldn’t be the first time that the Bruins have given Rask an extra (true) day off to heal up, first doing it with a January matchup with the Penguins after Rask appeared to overextend himself left to right on a save. When they did that, Daniel Vladar was recalled from Providence to serve as Jaroslav Halak’s backup.
Rask, who took a loss despite a 24-of-25 performance in net Sunday, is 8-4-2 with a .906 save percentage on the season.