Boston Bruins Goalie Tuukka Rask Opts Out of NHL Playoffs

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In a stunning development, the Bruins announced Saturday morning that goalie Tuukka Rask has opted out of the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Rask released the following statement through the team:

"I want to be with my teammates competing, but at this moment there are things more important than hockey in my life, and that is being with my family. I want to thank the Bruins and my teammates for their support and wish them success."

The Bruins are set to take on the Hurricanes in Game 3 of their first-round series Saturday at noon. Jaroslav Halak now stands as the Bruins' clear No. 1 goalie, with either Dan Vladar or Max Lagace backing him up.

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