‘It is day to day’ for Tuukka Rask right now, his agent says
Tuukka Rask, who departed the Garden ice Saturday night dazed and rubber-legged, has the benefit of the Bruins “bye” week before possibly reporting back to work for Monday’s practice with his Black-and-Gold teammates.
In an e-mail exchange with the Globe on Tuesday, Rask’s agent noted that he believes there isn’t “anything to be too concerned about” in regard to the franchise goaltender’s recovery.
“I think it is day to day for him right now,” agent Brett Peterson said.
Rask, 31, was 6-0-1 in his last seven starts prior to getting trucked by hard-charging Rangers forward Filip Chytil late in the first period Saturday night. The club announced later in the game, a 3-2 loss, that Rask had suffered a concussion — no surprise given the violent goalmouth collision with the 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound Chytil.
The Bruins did not make Rask available to the media after the game, and in keeping with their policy, probably won’t provide an update until they return Monday afternoon in Brighton. Their next game is the following night at the Garden against the Winnipeg Jets.
Rask, beaten by Chytil on the play for the 1-1 equalizer, was relieved by backup Jaro Halak, who recorded the loss and fell to 13-9-2.
If Rask isn’t ready for action next week, Halak would make the start against the Jets and probably would be backed by Zane McIntyre, the No. 1 goalie at AHL Providence.
McIntyre, 26, is 14-8-0 with Providence this season and has won his last six starts and eight of his last 10. He went 0-4-1 here with the varsity in 2016-17, when Rask and then backup Anton Khudobin were fighting injuries.
Rask is at least the fifth Bruin to suffer a concussion this season, joining forwards Jake DeBrusk and David Backes and defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Urho Vaakanainen (now in Providence). All are back playing, their time on the sidelines ranging from two to seven weeks. Predicting a timeline for recovery from a concussion is a lesson in both bad math and neuroscience.
Rask (14-8-3) had an underwheling start to the season and was granted a weekend leave of absence Nov. 10-11 to tend to what he described then as family issues. He lost his first game upon returning but looked increasingly comfortable during the month of December, ultimately bringing him to this recent 6-0-1 stretch in which he posted a .942 save percentage and 1.71 goals-against mark.