The Saturday before the Bruins were set to go on their league-mandated bye week, Tuukka Rask was knocked out of the game against the New York Rangers with a concussion. This Monday, just nine days after the on-ice incident, Tuukka was spotted talking to Goalie Bob on the ice at Warrior Arena prior to practice. On Wednesday, Tuukka was on the ice for practice.
Now, let’s temper those expectations. While Bruce Cassidy seems optimistic that Tuukka could return tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers, it’s not a given that he will.
“There’s a good chance [Rask will play vs. Flyers],” Cassidy said. “We’re going to wait and see how he does in the morning after his first full practice, and that there’s no fatigue or whatnot after missing time. Assuming he’s ready to go and feels (good) about everything, there’s a good chance that he’ll get in.”
Tuukka reportedly didn’t suffer much from post concussive headaches but did experience nausea and motion sickness, similar to what reportedly kept Charlie McAvoy out for so long with his concussion. However, Tuukka doesn’t seem to indicate that these symptoms have lingered.
And Tuukka isn’t mad at Charlie for pushing that guy into him, saying it’s just one of those things that happen.
Hopefully, we’ll see Tuukka tonight.