Tuukka Rask injury update: Banged-up Bruins lose starting goalie to concussion

The banged-up Bruins will be without starting goalie Tuukka Rask for an uncertain period of time while he recovers from a concussion, adding to the injury woes that have contributed to their slow start.

Rask suffered the injury in a collision with rookie Anders Bjork during Wednesday’s practice. He needed assistance leaving the ice, and the Bruins had taken their time in the diagnosis of the injury. He will follow the NHL’s concussion protocol, the team said Thursday.

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Anton Khudobin will start until Rask is healthy, beginning Thursday against the Canucks. Zane McIntyre was called up from AHL Providence to serve as backup.

Rask had a concussion scare last season when he was removed from a game against the Predators upon being hit in the mask by a puck.

Like the Bruins (2-3-0), he has stumbled out of the gate in 2017-18 with a disappointing .882 save percentage in his four starts. Not long after he went down in practice, the Bruins announced forward Ryan Spooner will miss 4-6 weeks with a groin injury. Veterans Patrice Bergeron (lower body) and David Backes (diverticulitis) have yet to play this season.

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