dangolka (CBS) — It’s been a barely busy week for the dangolka Bruins. On Saturday, their beginning goaltender and Vezina Trophy finalist opted out of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs simply hours earlier than Recreation Three of the opening spherical sequence. The crew then went out and gained three straight video games with out him, punching their ticket to the second spherical of the playoffs.
Contemplating the circumstances, that’s no small feat. Nonetheless, the departure of Rask stays a major story.
On Thursday, someday after the Bruins eradicated the Hurricanes, crew president Cam Neely was requested what his response was when he obtained the information from Rask.
“Clearly, as you realize, as [GM Don Sweeney] talked about, he got here to us and spoke to us the morning of Recreation 3, the place he mentioned he needed to go house to cope with a household emergency,” Neely mentioned. “So we revered that. Now it’s in regards to the guys which can be right here and the crew that we’ve got right here that we’ve got to focus.”
Neely was requested if Rask may probably return to the “bubble” in Toronto, however Neely mentioned he had not spoken to Rask prior to now few days and due to this fact couldn’t reply. As a substitute, when requested in a while in regards to the crew’s response to abruptly dropping Rask, Neely mentioned the crew merely saved its give attention to enjoying profitable hockey.
“The blokes are centered on who’s right here and what we’ve got to do to play nicely to offer ourselves an opportunity to win,” Neely mentioned. “It’s actually in regards to the group right here and our gamers actually give attention to that. They speak rather a lot about it. They’re actually a detailed group to start with, each younger and older gamers actually get alongside nicely, have a whole lot of enjoyable collectively. They’re tight each on and off the ice, which I believe helps make a profitable membership.”
The Rask determination thrust Jaroslav Halak into the beginning position, and although the veteran netminder allowed a number of shaky targets in his first two begins, he in the end obtained the job finished, stopping 68 of 73 pictures confronted whereas backstopping three wins.
“He’s a competitor — each on and off the ice. He’s nicely centered. I believe it’s clearly a little bit stunning to get the decision when he did. However as a backup goaltender, you need to be ready to return in at any time. I believed he stepped in and did job for us. He’s very intense, however he’s obtained an amazing humorousness. … He battles on the market. He needs to cease all of the pucks, like most goalies clearly do.”