Tuukka Rask will be out for at least two games for the Boston Bruins with an upper body injury.
Rask played one period against the New York Islanders on Thursday before leaving the game.
He hadn’t played since March 7, when he grabbed his back at the end of a 1-0 win over the Devils. He missed six games.
“Tuukka was present this morning, he will be treated. He won’t play this weekend and we’ll go from there, ”Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said on Friday. “Again, until he’s back on the ice, I hope there will be [nothing] major there, but obviously something is happening where he had to leave the game again with a similar injury to the last time around. We will have to make sure that we [get it] looked and make the right call next time and make sure he – I guess he didn’t make the right call – we assumed he was ready to play. That’s why he was there. He said he was, medical staff, but obviously we need to watch more closely if this is something that is going to break out.
The Bruins, who had been off the ice since March 18, trained with Rask on Wednesday. They did not have an early skating Thursday due to a scheduling conflict with their training facility.
Rask made six saves and did not allow a goal in the first period on Thursday. It has been replaced by Jaroslav Halak, who allowed four goals on 18 shots in the 4-3 overtime loss.
Cassidy said ahead of the game that the Bruins plan to use a rotation of Rask and Halak for the remainder of the regular season, and that using the goalie is not a priority. Dan Vladar, who made a start in Rask’s absence. But given Rask’s status, that could change, with the Bruins scheduled to play their remaining 28 regular-season games in 45 days.
“Obviously, Tuukka missed time. He needs to work, ”Cassidy said.
The Bruins have been quarantined since returning home on March 19, a day after a 4-1 win at the Buffalo Sabers that resulted in the postponement of two games (at the Sabers last Saturday and at home against the Islanders on Tuesday. ).
NHL.com editor Amalie Benjamin contributed to this report