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Upper body injury flares up, forces Jaroslav Halak out of Bruins lineup

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Upper body injury flares up, forces Jaroslav Halak out of Bruins lineup

DETROIT — In a surprise move at the start of Sunday’s game against the Red Wings, Tuukka Rask was introduced as the starting goalie for the Bruins after serving as the winning goaltender in Saturday afternoon’s home win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Backup Jaroslav Halak was expected to be the starting goaltender against the Wings as he is while alternating pretty much all back-to-back games with Rask, but an upper body injured “flared up” and prevented him from playing.

There was no word from Bruce Cassidy postgame about whether or not this might be an issue for the 34-year-old Halak moving forward, but the goalie was apparently feeling well enough to play if Rask had run into any health issues during the loss.

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“He has an upper body injury that we assumed was fine. He played with it Wednesday and practiced, but it flared up today and with a 12:30 (game) there was not a lot of time to prepare. So Tuukka had to play. We felt he wasn’t going to be able to give us 100 percent, and that’s a position where you can’t really give just 70 or 80 percent. So Tuukka went in and played well, but unfortunately we weren’t able to pick up some goals.”

There was a brief moment of nervousness when Rask took an Andreas Athanasiou shot to the neck or shoulder area that caused head trainer Donnie DelNegro to come out and check on him, but Rask was able to continue without any issues.

Halak was warming up like he was going to play in the hallway outside the Bruins dressing room at Little Caesars Arena just an hour before puck drop, but he never made it to the bench at any point in the 3-1 loss for the Black and Gold.

Rask ended up stopping 17 of 19 shots in a game where the Bruins dominated puck possession and lost, and turned the rare trick of playing both ends of a back-to-back for the Bruins where they played the two matinees less than 24 hours apart.

Bruins' David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk to play Fornite Saturday as part of COVID-19 fundraiser

Bruins' David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk to play Fornite Saturday as part of COVID-19 fundraiser

Life without hockey might be getting to David Pastrnak.

The thing Pasta is doing Saturday, along with Bruins teammate Jake DeBrusk, is participating in "Twitch Stream Aid" a fundraiser for coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19, relief. 

DeBrusk and Pastrnak will be playing Fortnite along with Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Zach Hyman and William Nylander. 

The event's website describes it as, "The worlds of gaming, music, and sports are coming together to benefit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO [World Health Organization] powered by the United Nations Foundation." 

Who are the best goalies in Bruins history? Ranking the Top 10

Who are the best goalies in Bruins history? Ranking the Top 10

As with the Top 10 all-time list of Bruins defensemen, the list of all-time Bruins goalies is rich with elite performers, Hall of Fame players and Stanley Cup winners.

Some like Tim Thomas and Byron Dafoe had all-too-brief stays in Boston while others like Tiny Thompson and Frank Brimsek are known as some of the best to ever play the position.

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Others like Gerry Cheevers were iconic for both their personalities and the Stanley Cup wins on their résumés as well. Interestingly, there is also Tuukka Rask with a growing, impressive list of career numbers and accomplishments with the Black and Gold during his 10-plus years in the Original Six organization.

Here is the all-time Top 10 list of Bruins goalies.