Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned goaltender Tuukka Rask to the Providence Bruins (AHL). Rask will join Providence for their game against Springfield this afternoon at 4:05 p.m. ET.
Rask has recorded a 7-1 record with a 1.98 goals-against average through eight starts this season in Providence. Rask was recalled to Boston on two separate occasions this season and was on the Bruins bench for four contests, but has yet to see any game action.
The 20-year-old Savonlinna, Finland native earned top goalie honors at the 2006 World Junior Classic for Team Finland after posting a 2.11 GAA and .940 save percentage. Selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the 21st overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Rask was acquired by the Bruins on June 24, 2006 in exchange for goaltender Andrew Raycroft. 2007 is Rask's first year as a professional in the U.S., as he spent the last three with Ilves Tampere of the Finnish league.
On Tuesday, November 20, the 9-7-2 Bruins travel to Toronto for the first time this season to face the Maple Leafs at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Air Canada Center. Their next home game will be against the New York Islanders on Friday, November 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET.