National Hockey League

Tuukka Rask suffers concussion, Bruins blanked by Blue Jackets


Visiting here for the first time since winning a berth in last season’s Eastern Conference final, the Bruins suffered their first shutout since Dec. 4, 2018, at Florida, a span of 127 games.


The Bruins (27-9-12), playing their third road game in four nights, on a back-to-back with travel, landed 34 of their 64 shot attempts on Merzlikins, and were credited with 28 hits.


Clearly addled as he left the ice, Rask squinted and cocked his head as he stopped at the bench door and let loose a few angry words, seemingly toward an official.


The three Bruins who spoke to reporters after the game — Carlo, Danton Heinen, and Charlie Coyle — said they didn’t see Bemstrom’s elbow hit Rask until a replay was shown at first intermission.


It was not an ideal spot for Jaroslav Halak, who gave up five goals on 39 shots the previous night in Philadelphia and did extra work at the morning skate, expecting it to be his off day.


Halak, who stopped 24 shots and gave up a pair of third-period goals (Kevin Stenlund, on the power play at 5:46, and ex-Bruin Riley Nash at 13:05).






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