Tuukka Rask returned to Bruins practice today after a brief 2 days away. The Bruins go-to goalie was absent for Saturday’s practice and was unfit to play in the team’s first round-robin game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The goaltender was back at practice Monday morning. After practice during a virtual media availability, Rask revealed that he had to isolate for 2 days and have two negative COVID tests before he could return to team activities. He explained, “I had a cough so I just clicked yes on the app and then all kinds of red lights started blinking.”
Great news for the Bruins that they won’t be without Rask in net any longer. Rask said that he still has a little bit of a cough but testing negative gave him some peace of mind. Bruce Cassidy expects that he will be good to start Wednesday evening when the Bruins face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
I’m glad that Rask took his cough seriously, I’m even more glad that he tested negative. It’s refreshing to see athletes taking the risks of contracting, and spreading, COVID seriously. Especially as we see another league taking a lax approach and every day more players test positive for the virus.
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The famed first line center, Patrice Bergeron, was missing from practice Monday morning. Thankfully, Cassidy put most everyone’s minds at ease when he addressed the media. He said that it was a maintenance day for Bergy.
-Jess Donahue (@jldx392)