Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask said the idea that his team would be without Rask came as a shock to him.
It’s the latest development in what’s been a difficult season for the Boston Bruins.
Rask, who turns 27 on Oct. 30, played well in his first start since Nov. 30 against the Philadelphia Flyers and was the difference in a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
“It’s not a surprise to me.
It was kind of a shock, actually,” Rask told NHL.
“I thought I was going to be playing a lot, but then I had to take a couple of days off, so I think it was a surprise for me.
But, at the same time, it’s kind of been a roller coaster ride for the team.”
The Bruins are 1-3-1 since Rask went down with an injury Nov. 25.
He missed the next five games with an illness, then returned on Nov. 28 to play against the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Rax has been shut down since.
“He’s been playing really well.
I’m really happy to have him back,” Rax said.
“But, we’ll see where it goes from here.”
The team was able to secure the services of goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who played in the NHL for three seasons before joining the Bruins in 2010.
Halak had a 1.71 goals-against average and .922 save percentage as a rookie.
He said Rask and Halak are among the most talented goaltenders in the league.
“We’ve got some very talented goaltending,” Halak said.
“[Rask] is definitely going to have a tough time getting through some of the games without being really comfortable.
We’ll see how that goes.”
Boston Bruins center David Krejci, a 2013 first-round pick, had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.
He had four goals and eight points in his last four games.
He is likely to start for the second straight game, which is his first since Nov