NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins

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By: Tim A Richardson | Follow Me On Twitter@TimARichardson

A little bit of breaking news just before the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes play the third game of their first-round playoff matchup, Tuukka Rask has opted out of the rest of the playoffs. In a statement made through the team, Rask cited his need to be with family at this time.


Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney met with the media this morning to address Tuukka’s decision. He assured us that there wasn’t an emergency situation at home with Tuukka and that his family was healthy and safe. Sweeney also mentioned that the team fully supports Rask’s decision to be with his family.


I want to say everyone here at Black N Gold hockey wishes Tuukka Rask and his family the best at this time. As we look to hockey, the Boston Bruins are lucky they can turn to Jaroslav Halak to start the rest of the way. Halak has played in 31 playoff games, with 29 of those being starts. He’s 13-16 with a 2.45 GAA and a .922 save percentage (stats courtesy of Hockey-Reference). Halak’s backup will be Dan Vladar. The young netminder had an excellent year in Providence, going 14-7-1 with a 1.79 GAA and a .936 save percentage with three shutouts (stats courtesy of the AHL). I hope everyone enjoys the game today. Feel free to send me any comments or questions on Twitter.

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