Goalie Tuukka Rask returned to practice for Boston after he was placed in quarantine over the weekend and missed Boston’s first round-robin game. Charles Krupa/Associated Press

Boston goalie and Vezina Trophy finalist goalie Tuukka Rask returned to practice on Monday, but the Bruins also tweeted out a practice lineup that didn’t include Patrice Bergeron.

Bergeron played start to finish on Sunday with no apparent injury and Coach Bruce Cassidy downplayed his absence.

“It was a maintenance day. He’s fine. He’ll get back on the ice tomorrow,” Cassidy said.

Rask revealed his absence from practice Saturday and the game Sunday – a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia – was because he was in quarantine due to a minor symptom that could have been, but proved not to be, connected to COVID-19.

“I had a cough so I clicked yes on the app and then all kinds of red lights started blinking and I was quarantined for two days,” said Rask, who has been cleared after two negative tests. “They want to be very cautious. If there’s any symptoms. If you test positive you’ve already spread it around who knows how many guys. … I’m still coughing, but I tested negative. But in this day and age, anything like that can be alarming.”

The league revealed Monday that no player tested positive last week.

Before that, Rask struggled playing half of Thursday’s 4-1 exhibition loss to Columbus and had previously been battling a broken bone in his hand earlier in the preseason. He expected to play Wednesday.

With Rask still in the “unfit to play” categorization on Sunday, Jaroslav Halak replaced him and made 25 saves in an unremarkable effort in Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Flyers in the Bruins’ first round-robin game.

“We needed more stops, obviously,” said Cassidy. “There were breakdowns, they were all good goals, good shots. Maybe the second one got through him, it looked like a screen from (Jeremy) Lauzon. Other than that, they were good shots.

“But obviously when you’re only putting up one goal ourselves we needed more saves. Usually when you look at a goalie … did we need a few extra saves in this situation today? Yes. But at the end of the day there were breakdowns that happened well before the puck came to him. Again, I thought he was fine but if we were going to win we needed a few extra saves.”


Other than Rask, all the other players who did not play against the Flyers skated Sunday morning, including Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie. Cassidy feels Ritchie has a shot at playing on Wednesday.

“(Kase) is feeling better. He seems fine. He’s skating well,” said Cassidy. “I guess there was a little fatigue because they’ve ramped it up the last few days to try to get their conditioning. Again, with Ondrej, and I may be getting ahead of myself, but Wednesday (vs. Tampa Bay) would be tough for him to get back up to speed that quickly. We want to get him back in there but we want to giver him a chance to succeed.

“Ritchie I would think would be more of an opportunity for Wednesday. Ondrej seems good. He was not a real chatty guy to begin with. We’ll catch up when he gets back with the main group to see where he’s at, measure his game, how much time he needs and we’ll go from there.”


While most perks of home ice advantage disappeared in the bubble, the Bruins did enjoy a few. The Bruins wore their home black uniforms and had the last change. And there was another one. Todd Angilly, the Bruins’ regular anthem singer, performed the American and Canadian anthems remotely from his home in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

NOTES: Jack Studnicka showed off his good two-way sensibilities in the first period when, after a Bruin power-play had expired, he hustled back and thwarted a good chance-in-the-making by Raffl. He did not have or create as many chances as he did in the Columbus game, however. … Anders Bjork, who like Studnicka is trying to win a job, drew two penalties with his hard skating.

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