Tuukka Rask was placed on injured reserve by the Boston Bruins on Thursday
The goalie left Boston’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday because of a concussion. The injury came when he was elbowed in the head by Blue Jackets forward Emil Bemstrom, who was skating by the crease and was cross-checked into Rask by Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo.
“He’s concussed. He got elbowed in the head,” coach Bruce Cassidy said after the 3-0 loss.
Bemstrom said the contact was accidental.
“It’s not my purpose for that at all,” Bemstrom said. “I tried to come back and backcheck. I got a little cross-check in my side and that probably turned my skate a little bit. It wasn’t on purpose, of course.”
Rask was replaced by Jaroslav Halak, who made 24 saves. Halak made 34 saves in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.
“To come in like that is a tough thing,” Boston forward Charlie Coyle said. “He kept us in it.”
Rask is 17-4-6 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 28 games. He had been named to the Atlantic Division team for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game, but withdrew on Monday.
The Bruins, who host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, NESN, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV), recalled goalie Dan Vladar and forward Karson Kuhlman from Providence of the American Hockey League.