Why Tuukka Rask had to go into quarantine for 2 days

By WEEI 93.7

Tuukka Rask missed the Bruins' practice Saturday and round-robin loss to the Flyers Sunday, but he was back on the ice for Monday's practice.

On Monday afternoon, Rask explained that he actually had to quarantine in his hotel room for two days because he had a cough, which also happens to be a symptom of COVID-19.

"I had a cough, so I just clicked yes on the app, and then all kinds of red lights started blinking, and I was quarantined for two days," Rask said. "They wanted to do two negative tests after that, and that's it. Now I was back today."

Rask said he still has a little bit of a cough, but that he's continued to test negative. He said he's feeling better and should be ready to go for Wednesday's second round-robin game against the Lightning, which he would presumably be in line to start.

While Rask's tale is a bit humorous, it also underscores the importance of players being honest about any symptoms they're experiencing, something some players could be tempted not to be if they know it might result in them missing a game.

"I think you want to be very cautious of that, if there's any symptoms," Rask said. "Because you know obviously if you happen to test positive, and meanwhile you've already spread it around to who knows how many guys.

"At least I tested negative," Rask added. "I'm still coughing, but I'm not too worried about that as long as the tests came back negative. That's all I care about. People have coughs, but I guess this day and age anything like that can be alarming."

Speaking of tests, the NHL announced Monday that it has had zero positive tests since teams arrived in the two bubbles, so it certainly appears the bubble, tests and protocols are working.


In other Bruins news, Patrice Bergeron missed Monday's practice, but coach Bruce Cassidy eased any concerns by saying it was just a maintenance day and that Bergeron would be back on the ice Tuesday.

Ondrej Kase took part in a full-team practice for the first time Monday. He rotated with Karson Kuhlman on David Krejci's right wing, but Cassidy said Kase remains doubtful for Wednesday and that they are targeting Sunday's round-robin finale against the Capitals for his first game action.

Jack Studnicka was off Krejci's line and instead rotated with Trent Frederic in Bergeron's usual spot on the top line. Krejci had a different left wing too, as Nick Ritchie was skating there with Jake DeBrusk moving to right wing alongside Charlie Coyle and Anders Bjork.

Cassidy said he wants to see guys find their individual games more than anything, and that once those start to round into form he'll have a better idea what the lines are going to look like. He did say he hopes to get Kase a look on Krejci's right wing in a round-robin game, though, which would presumably happen Sunday.

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