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Bruins’ Rask leaves game after taking hit to head (Video)

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had to exit their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night after taking a hit to the head from Emil Bemstrom.

Rask was clearly shaken up on the play and immediately removed from the game. The Bruins ruled him out with what they are calling an “upper-body injury.”

The incident happened just one minute into the game and you can see it in the video above. As Bemstrom skated through the goal crease, he caught Rask in the head with his left arm.

Rask missed time a year ago with a concussion, so seeing him have to leave a game after a hit to the head has to be a concern for the Bruins.

Entering play on Tuesday, Rask had a .925 save percentage in 27 starts this season and was named to the Atlantic Division All-Star roster. On Monday he announced that he would be skipping the game. He was replaced by Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy.

The Bruins ended dropping a 3-0 decision to the Blue Jackets.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.