Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask opts out of Stanley Cup playoffs

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has opted out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the group introduced Saturday. Boston is at present tied 1-1 within the first spherical of the playoffs in a sequence in opposition to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Rask stated he opted out resulting from a want to be together with his household:

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Rask and his spouse Jaroslav Halak have three younger women collectively, together with new child Livia, who arrived in late April. Bruins basic supervisor Don Sweeney on Saturday stated Rask’s return to his household wasn’t triggered by a particular incident, saying they have been secure and wholesome amid the coronavirus pandemic. He added that the group stood by his reasoning to choose out.

It is also value noting that Rask, a Finnish nationwide, has been away from his spouse and kids for a while to assist the Bruins of their postseason bid:

International nationals – together with Canadians on US groups – are totally on work visas that expired June 30. Numerous them returned to their group’s metropolis in mid-June and virtually nobody introduced household.

So for some gamers, you’re now approaching 60 days away from your loved ones…

— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) August 15, 2020

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Whereas Rask’s household was the important thing motivator in his choice to choose out, he additionally hasn’t a lot loved taking part in within the NHL’s bubble ambiance — even because the league has progressed to the postseason:

“To be sincere with you, it doesn’t actually really feel like playoff hockey on the market. There are not any followers, so it’s type of like taking part in an exhibition recreation,” Rask stated following Boston’s Recreation 2 loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday. “It’s positively not a playoff ambiance on the market. You try to play as onerous as you possibly can. While you’re taking part in at a house rink and an away rink and the followers are cheering for and in opposition to you, it actually creates a buzz for the sequence.

“There’s none of that. So it simply seems like uninteresting at instances. There are moments when there are scrums and whatnot, after which there will probably be 5 minutes when it’s coast-to-coast hockey. There’s no ambiance. So it seems like an exhibition recreation. We’re making an attempt our greatest to ramp and get energized, and make it really feel prefer it’s a playoff recreation.”

Veteran backup Jaroslav Halak is anticipated to get the beginning for Boston in Recreation three of the Hurricanes sequence on Saturday.

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