Bru­ins grant Rask leave of ab­sence

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The Bru­ins said goal­tender Tuukka Rask was 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 Fri­day it wasn’t 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 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.

The Bru­ins, who host the Maple Leafs on Sat­ur­day, have dropped three of their last five games.

■ Winger Zach Parise reached 700 ca­reer points with a goal and an as­sist dur­ing the Wild’s 3-1 vic­tory over the Kings on Thurs­day night in Los An­ge­les.

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