By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) — As the playoffs wore on, Tuukka Rask wore down. And the Bruins’ netminder might require surgical procedure within the coming offseason.
After head coach Bruce Cassidy pulled Rask after two durations of labor in Game 5 of the Bruins’ collection in opposition to the Islanders, it was a query whether or not Rask would even begin in Game 6. He did, however he and the Bruins didn’t play an excellent recreation, and their season ended consequently.
After the 6-2 loss, during which Rask allowed 4 objectives whereas making 23 saves, Cassidy stated that Rask might have offseason surgical procedure to restore the damage that’s been “nagging” him all through this shortened season.
“There may be surgery, there may not,” Cassidy stated. “So that’ll be his decision, and the medical staff’s decision.”
Rask confirmed that surgical procedure is a risk for him, however he didn’t need to focus on his damage standing after the season-ending loss.
“I don’t want to get into that right now. We’re gonna have to release an injury report in a couple of days, we’re gonna have our exit meetings, so we can talk about it then. I promise I’ll give you a full lowdown,” Rask stated. “I don’t think that needs to be the headline though.”
Rask later added: “It’s tough in the sense that when you’re injured, it’s kind of nagging in the back of your head, and you’re just thinking about it. But you try to push it out and just focus on the game itself. … I definitely battled and left it all out there. We just fell a little bit short this time. I was happy that I could play and perform at a pretty good level.”
Rask completed the playoffs with a 6-4 file, .919 save share, and a pair of.36 goals-against common. His work, regardless of the damage state of affairs, was appreciated by his captain.
“I think it speaks volumes of him,” Patrice Bergeron stated. “He’s been doing it for many, many years now, and he’s always been stepping up when needed and battling through things here and there. So we knew that it wasn’t always easy at times for him with what he was dealing with, but kudos to him for wanting to be there for us.”
Rask, 34, simply accomplished the ultimate season of his eight-year, $56 million contract, which he signed in the summertime of 2013. He’s since grow to be the franchise’s all-time chief in wins — each within the common season and postseason — whereas additionally setting the franchise file for profession save share (.922). But he hasn’t gained a Stanley Cup because the beginning goalie, a truth that can possible function the opening line every time the goaltender is mentioned in future conversations.
This 12 months’s postseason exit was simply one other missed alternative for the Bruins’ core — Rask, Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci — that has been collectively for therefore lengthy.
“I think it’s the same answer as every year — you know, we’re all getting older and we’re not going to last forever,” Rask stated. “So [the window] is definitely closing at some point. Yeah, for sure.”
Of course, Rask may nonetheless win that Cup with the Bruins, if he re-signs with the workforce, and if the workforce restocks the roster to have the ability to compete deeper into the postseason.
As for whether or not Rask needs that to occur, it’s exhausting to actually get a superb learn on the matter. He may retire, he may signal on for extra years in Boston, or he may transfer alongside to a brand new metropolis.
Whatever his desire is likely to be, Rask gave no indication when talking to the media from the confines of Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday evening.
“We’ll see,” Rask stated when requested about his future plans. “I don’t have any thoughts right now. It’s a pretty tough loss. So I’m going to sleep a few nights, and we’re going to have our exit meetings, and start planning on the future.”