Well that didn’t last long.
According to Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic, The Boston Bruins anticipate that Tuukka Rask has played his last game for the team, and will not continue his NHL career following an unsuccessful four-game return.
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy refused to comment on the rumours when asked about Rask’s status during media availability on Wednesday.
“I think that’s for Tuukka to comment on his stature,” said Cassidy.
“I was told he wouldn’t practise this week. I don’t think that’s changing at all. So if he has something to say, I think I’ll leave it to him.”
The 34-year old had apparently contemplated retirement this offseason due to injury woes and possible personal issues, but opted to make a mid-season return to the team after singing a one-year deal back on January 11th.
He has played in just four games this season, posting a 2-2 record, 4.28 goals-against average, and .844 save percentage during that span.
Rask, who was initially selected 21st overall in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, was initially traded to the Bruins while he was still playing in Europe in the mid 2000s.
He has played his entire NHL career with the Bruins, posting a 516-291-158 combined record, 2.26 goals against average, .922 save percentage and 50 shutouts over a span of 13 seasons and 536 regular season games. He has also appeared in 89 playoff games, won the Stanley Cup in 2013 and the Vezina Trophy in 2014.
Should Cale Makar’s goal have counted? A closer look at the controversial rule that allowed it to happen
In case you missed it, the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers exploded for 14 goals in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final last night.
Colorado ended up winning the game 8-6 and taking a 1-0 series lead, but it didn’t happen without controversy.
One of the goals still being talked about was Cale Makar’s late first period goal that appeared to be an easy offside goal but was surprisingly not overturned after being reviewed by the head office in New York.
A lot of fans were left wondering why it was a good goal when another attacking player CLEARLY crossed the blue line before the puck. In most scenarios this would be the case, but according to rule 83.3, this was one of the exceptions. The video below explains it:
Do you agree with the call? If you do, do you think the league should make changes to this controversial rule? Will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Canadiens officially name Martin St. Louis the 32nd head coach in franchise history, sign him to three-year extension
The Montreal Canadiens believe in Martin St. Louis’ ability behind the bench, and are keeping him there for the foreseeable future.
The team has officially removed the interim tag from his role, and named him the 32nd head coach in franchise history. The two sides have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will run through the 2024/25 campaign
“We are happy to officially appoint Martin as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens,” said Montreal general manager Kent Hughes.
“Martin is a proven leader, a great communicator with a deep understanding of and passion for the game of hockey. His arrival brought a renewed energy to our group, and we look forward to him returning behind the bench to continue guiding our team for the foreseeable future.”
The 45-year old, who played in 1134 NHL games as a player from 1998-2015, took over as Habs’ bench boss after replacing Dominique Ducharme on February 9.
During his tenure last season, he led the last place Canadiens to a combined 14-19-4 record to finish off the 2021/22 campaign. Prior to that, the Canadiens were an abysmal 8-30-7.
WATCH: Lightning score in final seconds of regulation to take 2-0 series lead
The Tampa Bay Lightning are unstoppable.
Fresh off a come-from-behind series win in round 1, the Lightning have picked up right where they left off in the second round against the Florida Panthers.
They cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 1, and appeared to be headed to overtime as the clock was running down in Game 2, but Lightning forward Ross Colton had other plans!
After corralling a beautiful no-look pass from behind-the-net by Nikita Kucherov, Colton fired it past Sergei Bobrovsky with 3.8 seconds remaining in the third period to secure the win.
The Lightning will head back home to Amalie Arena with a 2-0 series lead.