BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Saturday evening that the team has assigned goaltender Tuukka Rask to the Providence Bruins (AHL). Rask was recalled Saturday afternoon by the Bruins for tonight’s game against New Jersey, but did not see any action in the club’s 4-3 win.
Rask has played in four games for Boston this season. In those NHL contests, Rask has a record of 2-1-1, a goals-against average of 3.25 and a save percentage of .886.
While with Providence this season, Rask has played in 17 games, maintaining a record of 14-3-0, a goals-against average of 2.04 and a save percentage of .907.
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.
The Bruins will take a three-game winning streak into Tuesday’s tilt against the Carolina Hurricanes at the TD Banknorth Garden at 7:00 p.m. ET.