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Bruins grant G Rask a leave of absence

Bruins grant G Rask a leave of absence

Boston Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask has been granted a leave of absence to deal with a personal matter. "It is not health related".

Rask has started seven games this season, posting a 4-4-0 record with a 3.05 GAA and.901 save percentage.

He entered Thursday's loss against the Vancouver Canucks in relief of Jaroslav Halak in the second period and allowed three goals on 14 shots.

"Tomorrow we're focused on the Maple Leafs, business as usual", said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. "That'll be the focus of the staff and the players. I'm sure different players with different friendships will reach out to Tuukka".

The team did not specify how long the goaltender's leave will last. "But yeah, you know, like I said, a loss is a loss, it doesn't really matter at the end of the day. He's a great friend and we're all here for him".

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When asked to reiterate the timeline for Rask's return, Sweeney confirmed that it might be a few days.

Cassidy said Halak could start both games over the weekend, but will definitely be in the lineup against Toronto. Friday night against the Colorado Avalanche, a game in which he tallied four points, was an exception.

"Yeah, weird game. But that's entertainment and we're just providing it".

The Bruins will recall a goalie from Providence of the American Hockey League later Friday.