Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has had his share of meltdowns prior to Sunday’s game against the Blackhawks. But when the star netminder snapped after surrendering a goal to Jonathan Toews late in the first period, his stick-swinging freak-out managed to take down Hawks winger Kris Versteeg with a nasty slash.
Rask had taken a penalty for playing the puck in the restricted area with eight seconds left in the first – and just six seconds after Chicago’s power play began, the Hawks capitalized with his 17th goal of the season with 1.4 seconds remaining. The veteran Finnish goalie was less than pleased: (via Reddit user Sunjot)
Rask received a slashing minor on the play, but the slash wasn’t severe enough to force Versteeg out of the game. That said, despite being clear he didn’t intend to injure Versteeg, Rask also didn’t sound as if he had any regrets:
Rask on getting Versteeg: “It's pretty obvious I tried to slash the post. That's what I thought I did. Stay out of the crease.”
— Fluto Shinzawa (@GlobeFluto) February 22, 2015