By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask revealed that he suffered a fractured finger doing box jumps a few weeks ago, prior to the start of training camp. Rask was sporting a splint on a Zoom call with the media on Thursday.
“It’s getting better,” Rask said. “I’m not worried about it. It will be all set once we start playing.”
“I slammed my finger at the edge of the box, bent the ligament, kind of fractured the finger,” Rask went on to say. “So it’s a small fracture, nothing major, but you can probably imagine it’s not going to feel great to catch pucks with that.”
“I’m not worried about it. It’s just one of those things that’s going to linger a little bit. It’s been what, two-to-three weeks now, and it already feels a lot better. So I’m pretty optimistic that in a week I’ll have my normal glove on.”
Like Rask, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy does not seem too concerned about Rask’s current condition. Boston’s bench boss spoke with the media before Rask, saying he believes the splint to be precautionary.
“Too much drums, I think” Cassidy joked.
A few days ago, Rask was named as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, annually awarded to the league’s top goaltender, as voted on by the general managers. Winnipeg Jets netminder Connor Hellebuyck and Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevsky are the other two finalists this season.
Rask concluded the 2019-20 regular season with a 28-5-6 record to go along with five shutouts, second in the league, a 2.12 goals-against average (GAA), first in the league, and a .929 save percentage, second in the league. The 33-year-old split the William M. Jennings Trophy with fellow Bruins netminder Jaroslav Halak as the two led the Bruins to the fewest goals-allowed among any team in the league.