Tuukka Rask on illness for season-finale: ‘I couldn’t even stand up really’

Rask missed the season-finale, and the Bruins missed the playoffs.

Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask speaks with reporters during an end of season availability at TD Garden, Monday, April 11, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask speaks with reporters during an end of season availability at TD Garden. –Michael Dwyer/AP

Tuukka Rask was sick this weekend and missed the Bruins’ season-finale, a 6-1 loss to the Senators on Saturday. A Flyers win later that day knocked the Bruins out of playoff contention.

“I mean I knew I wasn’t going to play, so I just went out there [for pregame warm-ups] and waited until Smitty [Jeremy Smith] came here,” Rask said Monday, via CSNNE.com. “But yeah, when you’re sick you’re sick. Trust me if I felt like there was a chance I would’ve helped the team, I would’ve gone out there. But I couldn’t even stand up really.


“It was terrible obviously, but you know you can’t control it so… it sucks but it’s life, you know? When it happens at the worst possible time, it just happens and you have to just take it, you know?”

False rumors swirled that the goalie had been seen at Buff’s Pub in Newton Corner eating wings the night before the Senators game. But Rask explained he was truly sick — so sick, in fact, that he was “stuck in a bathroom for 12 hours,” via the Boston Herald.

During the 2015-16 season, Rask had the highest goals against average (2.56) since the 2010-11 season when he posted a 2.67 GAA. His 91.5 percent save average was the lowest since the 2007-2008 season when he played four games as a rookie.

He’s signed with the Bruins through 2021, as he agreed to an eight-year, $56 million contract in 2013. According to Spotrac.com, his no-move clause expires after this season, but he still has an eight-team no-trade clause on his contract.

“I’ve loved every minute being here, and I plan to be here many years to come,” Rask said, via Bruins.com. “So I’m in for the long run, and I want to be part of the solution here, and bring this team back to the playoffs and bring the Cup back, so that’s where my head’s at.”


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