Rask granted leave of ab­sence

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - SPORTS -

BOS­TON – The Bos­ton Bru­ins say goal­tender Tuukka Rask has been granted a leave of ab­sence from the team for a per­sonal mat­ter. The team didn’t of­fer an ex­pla­na­tion, but gen­eral man­ager Don Sweeney said shortly af­ter the an­nounce­ment on Fri­day it was not health re­lated.

He also asked for pri­vacy on be­half of Rask.

Rask has started only seven of the Bru­ins’ 15 games this sea­son and ac­knowl­edged be­ing out­played re­cently by Jaroslav Halak. Rask came on in re­lief in the Bru­ins’ 8-5 loss to the Van­cou­ver Canucks on Thurs­day night.

Halak was pulled af­ter al­low­ing five goals on 19 shots. Rask al­lowed three goals on the first eight shots he faced.

Bos­ton, which hosts Toronto to­day, has dropped three of its last five games.

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