Tuukka Rask back with Bruins after Olympics, illness
WILMINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) -
Tuukka Rask was back to business Thursday, after not traveling with the Bruins to Buffalo for Wednesday night’s game. Rask was given an extra day of rest after the Olympics, where he backstopped Finland to a bronze medal.
"For myself and as a team, I thought we got better as the tournament went on. We finished it off with the best game,” Rask said.
While he was in Sochi, Rask was battling illness and couldn't play in the semifinal game against Sweden. When asked if he had food poisoning prior to the game?
"I thought it was maybe Loui [Eriksson], just the flu going there for a week. I couldn't get out of bed so it happens it's just life,” Rask said.
He rebounded to lead Finland over the USA in the bronze medal game. Rask says he's rested from the trip and ready to go. The Bruins don't play until Saturday against the Capitols and the decision as to whether or not he'll start hasn't been made.
"We have a full day of practice tomorrow and I'll see how he feels, you know I'm going to do the same thing I've done with the other players, I have to talk to him, see how he's feeling and go from there,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
With the Bruins getting ready for a busy March, playing 17 games in 31 days, managing rest will be extra important. As for the other Olympians, Julien said Zdeno Chara and David Krejci will be back at practice Friday, but he is giving Loui Eriksson and Patrice Bergeron another day off.