RASK RETURNS TO PROVIDENCE

Goaltender Earned First Career NHL Shutout for Boston

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. With the move, the P-Bruins have 24 players on their roster, including 14 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders.

Rask, 21, made his season debut for Boston on January 31, earning his first career NHL shutout with a 35-save, 1-0 win over the New York Rangers. During his third and latest recall, the net-minder also backed up Tim Thomas in three contests. Rask has dressed as Boston's back-up goaltender on five occasions this year.

The second-year backstop has a 19-15-0 record for Providence, adding three shutouts, a 2.46 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage in 34 games. Rask's 19 wins are tied for the third most in the AHL while his save percentage ranks 12th.

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 Maple Leafs, the club that drafted him 21st overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. While in the AHL, the 2008 PlanetUSA AHL All-Star starting goalie 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. Boston acquired the native of Savonlinna, Finland, from Toronto on June 24, 2006 in exchange for fellow goalie Andrew Raycroft.

Providence Bruins season tickets, Flex Tix packages and single game tickets are on sale now for the 2008-09 season. To purchase tickets or to learn more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.