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Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask knocked out of practice after collision

Ty Anderson
October 18, 2017 - 2:38 pm

It’s been zero days without an accident for the Bruins, as first-year pro Anders Bjork knocked goaltender Tuukka Rask out of Wednesday’s practice with a heavy collision.

The collision occurred on some line-rush drills, and with Bjork leveling Rask, a trainer quickly attended to the 30-year-old Rask, who looked ‘a little woozy’ on his way off.

“Just kinda ran into Tuukka [Rask] there,” Bjork, sporting a cut on his face and blood on his jersey, said. “It was a fast play, don’t really know what happened, lot of bodies there. It’s really unfortunate that that happened, but I hope he’s OK. Just wish I woulda held up there but the game happens so fast sometimes it just happens before you can think.”

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy did not offer much of an update on Rask following practice.

“He left early obviously, but we had a line-rush drill where there was some contact around the net,” Cassidy said. “He’ll get evaluated. I got nothing right now. Hopefully he’s fine, but until he gets checked out, we don’t know. That’s where it’s at right now.”

The Bruins will obviously need an answer or solid update on Rask's status before tomorrow night's head-to-head with the Canucks. If he is unable to go, Anton Khudobin would become your de facto starter while Zane McIntyre would be recalled from Providence. McIntyre has a 2-1-0 record and .914 save percentage in three games for the P-Bruins this season.

Rask has one win and an .882 save percentage in four games this season.

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