RASK RETURNS AFTER BRIEF RECALL
Goalie Backs Up Thomas in 5-1 Boston Win
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 17th season in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have assigned goaltender Tuukka Rask to Providence. He was recalled earlier today on an emergency basis and backed up Tim Thomas in Boston's 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at the TD Banknorth Garden. With the move, the P-Bruins have 22 players on their roster, including 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
Rask, 21, began the season with a 17-13-0 mark for Providence, adding three shutouts, a 2.42 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage in 30 games. His 17 wins are the second most in the AHL. Rask has won his last five starts on home-ice and is unbeaten in regulation in his last four games overall.
Rask appeared in four games for Boston in 2007-08, going 2-1-1 with a 3.25 GAA, including a win in his NHL debut over the Toronto Maples Leads, the club that drafted him. He was recalled on four separate occasions as a rookie, dressing as a back-up for 16 games. While in the AHL, Rask compiled a 27-13-2 record over 45 appearances to go along with a 2.33 GAA. Following the regular season and prior to collecting two shutouts and a 2.18 GAA in 10 postseason games, Rask was awarded Providence' Martone Group Rookie of the Year honor, voted on by his teammates. The PlanetUSA AHL All-Star starting net-minder allowed one goal or less in 18 of his 45 AHL appearances in 2007-08.
Boston acquired Rask from Toronto on June 24, 2006 in exchange for fellow goalie Andrew Raycroft. The Savonlinna, Finland, native was drafted by the Leafs 21st overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
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