Rask Steps Away from Bruins "Return to Play" citing "Family Concerns".
Toronto, ON - After what seemed like just a normally challenging Game 2 versus the #5 seed Carolina Hurricanes, Tuukka Rask stepped to the microphone for post-game remarks and perhaps said "the quiet parts out loud" of what was going on in his mind.
While at the moment it may have seemed an un-endearing thing to say to the Beantown faithful watching back home or his teammates in the Toronto bubble, it broke wide open Saturday morning when the Bruins released a statement from Rask saying he was stepping away from the team and the NHL's Return To Play.
With Game 3 on the horizon in a few short hours it's pretty evident to say Jaroslav Halak will start and now become the new #1 netminder for the B's through the remainder of this series and the playoffs, however far they may advance.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney said this morning in a call with media that "he was not all that surprised at Rask's need to walk away."
There was many questions with the Bruins regarding how they lost all 3 games in the Round Robin, Pastrnak's "injury" at the end of Game 1 and now Rask walking away. Is this the end of what was a phenomenal season or the start of a magical story in the long history of this Original Six franchise?