Rask Will Not Be Suspended For Outburst

Tuuka Rask

Update from Tuukka Rask Freaks Out:

According to ESPN.com, Tuukka Rask, the Boston Bruins AHL prospect goalie, will not be suspended for his outburst in a game against the Albany River Rats. Rask had a meltdown after two very questionable goals were scored on him during the Providence Bruins’ 1-0 shootout loss to Albany. Rask was assessed a 10-minute misconduct penalty for his actions, however it was obviously at the end of the game and thus there was no real penalty to the team.

Providence Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who had a meltdown after last Friday’s AHL game against the Albany River Rats, will not be suspended for his stick-smashing, crate-tossing tantrum, the Providence Journal reported Tuesday.

Bruins coach Rob Murray said the AHL office has notified the club that no suspension was forthcoming, adding that he did not know if the 22-year-old had been fined, according to the Journal.

In the game, which the visiting River Rats won 1-0 in a shootout, Rask became enraged at referee Frederic L’Ecuyer’s calls that allowed two Albany goals.

With Providence leading 1-0 after the fifth round of the shootout, Albany’s Jakub Petruzak skated in, appeared to lose control of the puck wide of the net after Rask poke-checked. But Petruzak collected the puck and shot it, scoring the tying goal.

The Bruins protested, arguing that the puck was not in constant motion forward before Petruzak shot it at the net, which is mandatory in a shootout.

Then in the sixth round, Harrison Reed launched a slap shot that Rask insisted hit the crossbar, but L’Ecuyer ruled went in.

That apparently was the last straw for Rask, who slammed his stick against the crossbar, skated toward the still-closed door leading to the tunnel, threw himself against the glass, then hurled his stick across the ice.

He stalked down the tunnel, then came back, heaving a milk crate onto the ice before finally disappearing.

Murray, for his part, said he’s seen worse in his time as a player and coach, according to the Journal. “If it weren’t for YouTube, no one would have known about [the Rask incident],” he told the newspaper.

Rask was given a game misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Rask, a prospect highly regarded by the parent club, has played one game with Boston this season, earning a 1-0 victory Jan. 31 against the New York Rangers. He is tied for the AHL lead with 30 victories, and has a 2.51 GAA and .915 save percentage.

Here is the link to the story on ESPN. The video is high quality, the commentating at the end is god awful and the written story is not that great either, I absolutely despise ESPN. They know nothing about the sport of hockey and they mock the AHL in this telecast. Their breakdown of the incident is terrible and of course they some how bring in college basketball into the mix. In my opinion they paint Rask to be a lunatic. As any avid hockey fan will tell you, goalies are on another level and should be considered differently in situations like these. Typically the more nuts a goalie is, the more talented he is.

1 Response to “Rask Will Not Be Suspended For Outburst”

  1. 1 Coach
    March 26, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Kinda shocking that he wasn’t suspended at least one game, especially since there was no “real” penalty to the team since it was the end of the game. That was one of the best freakouts, and I hope his teammates are just ripping into him and making fun of him about it! Classic.

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