Meeting with the media for the final time this season, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask discussed the illness that kept him out of Saturday’s regular-season finale.
Rask missed Boston’s 82nd game of the season, something of a must-win that they eventually lost in a 6-1 drubbing, due to a stomach bug. The former Vezina-winner said that he became ill on Friday night and “spent the night in the bathroom” before realizing Saturday morning that he wouldn’t be able to play. He took warmups Saturday as the team waiting for emergency recall Jeremy Smith to arrive, though he stayed down on the ice for the majority of warmups.
“When you’re sick, you’re sick,” Rask said. “Trust me: If I felt there was a chance that I could help the team, I would have gone out there, but I couldn’t even stand up.”
Jonas Gustavsson played in Rask’s place, with Smith serving as the backup. Rask spent much of the game at the Garden sleeping.
“It was terrible, obviously,” Rask said. “But you can’t control it. That sucks, but it’s life. When it happens at the worst possible time, it just happens and you have to just take.
“It’s tough, it’s really tough, but there’s nothing you can do about it.”
As for Sunday night’s discussion as to whether he was eating chicken wings on Saturday, Rask reiterated that he was not at Buff’s Pub Friday or Saturday.