COLUMBUS — Tuukka Rask left the Boston Bruins’ game against the Columbus Blue Jackets 1:12 into the first period Tuesday.
“We’ll have a better evaluation tomorrow,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said after a 3-0 loss. “That’s what I was originally told. Maybe when he gets home he feels better.”
Rask was injured when he was elbowed in the head by Blue Jackets forward Emil Bemstrom, who was skating by the crease and was cross-checked by Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo into Rask.
“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.”
Bailey Seagraves, from the Columbus suburb of Hilliard, Ohio, was the emergency backup goalie. The 22-year-old played competitively for Kenai River of the North American Hockey League in 2016-17.
Rask on Monday withdrew from the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game. He had been named to the Atlantic Division team.