Bruins clip 'Canes without Rask By Reuters

Bruins clip 'Canes without Rask By Reuters

"We knew this would be a mental challenge, especially players with families", Sweeney said. With "Svech" being out, it puts us at a little disadvantage. "We addressed it before the game that we needed to be solid away from the puck, so I think our guys were thinking defense to let Jaro get his feet under him. So we're not going to base our performance - what it's going to be against Carolina - on that".

Ryan Dzingel, a healthy scratch Saturday, is the obvious extra forward to draw into the lineup in place of Svechnikov, with AHLers Clark Bishop, Steven Lorentz and Max McCormick also in the bubble.

Halak's first game action in almost two weeks started with a bang, too, as the B's were sent to the penalty kill just 12 seconds into the game on a Brad Marchand penalty that should've stunned anybody with a brain.

If any player on the Bruins is holding animosity toward Rask, it wasn't shown by anyone who spoke after Saturday's game.

On Saturday afternoon, Boston was without star David Pastrnak for a second straight game due to an undisclosed ailment.

When the Bruins held an optional skate Sunday, they were treated to a pleasant piece of news as Pastrnak was on the ice for the team.

He said Pastrnak's prognosis for Monday was "50-50 at best".

Halak has been a major contributor for the Bruins over the last two seasons despite Rask carrying the load when it mattered most. Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Brad Marchand have a combined 525 games of playoff experience with the Bruins between them.

Additionally, the Bruins' power play, whose impressive 25.2 percent success rate during the regular season made it the second-best power play in the National Hockey League, was kept off the scoreboard during the qualifiers. He raised questions about his mindset following his loss in Game 2 when he shared criticism over the atmosphere inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, suggesting that postseason games contested in an empty arena is like "like playing an exhibition game". "There's none of that, so it just feels tiresome at times". "We actually had a good one in the first period, hit the post. If you're not sharp it's going to look like that". It's August and I haven't played hockey in forever. "Not necessarily the percentage".

Late in their 3-1 loss to Boston, Carolina's Andrei Svechnikov fell awkwardly before National Hockey League official Kevin Pollock took a puck in the face. Rask's departure means Jaroslav Halak will deputize between the pipes for the Bruins. For now, it's his net. I think he wanted to do everything in his control after you make a mistake like that to make sure it doesn't spiral out of control. "It's nothing to get overly excited about, but it at least gets us back to square one".

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