Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned goaltender Tuukka Rask
to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). After serving as Boston's backup goaltender for four games this season, Rask recently made his 2009 NHL debut for the Bruins on Saturday, January 31, in a 35 save, 1-0 shutout win over the Rangers.
Rask has started 34 games this season for the Providence Bruins and has posted a 19-15-0 record with a 2.46 Goals Against Average and .918 save percentage. Rask played in four games last year for Boston and registered a 2-1-1 record, with his first NHL game and first NHL victory coming on November 20, 2007 in a 4-2 win at Toronto. He was recalled on four occasions last season and dressed as a backup for 16 games while playing in four.
In his first professional season last year with Providence, he compiled a 27-13-2 record and a 2.33 Goals Against Average and helped lead the P-Bruins to the best regular season record in the AHL.
Originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round (21st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, the 21-year-old Rask was acquired by the Bruins on June 24, 2006 in exchange for goaltender Andrew Raycroft.
The Bruins will play their second game in a three game road trip Wednesday night, February 4, against the Philadelphia Flyers at 7:00 p.m. ET.