Tuukka Rask left the Bruins' matinee matchup with the Rangers just 10 seconds into the second period and did not return due to a possible case of dehydration, according to coach Claude Julien.
Niklas Svedberg took over the Boston nets, though he later said he had no clue anything was wrong with the Bruins' starter. Staked to a 3-0 lead, Svedberg had a strong performance, stopping 16 of 18 shots.
Julien said after the game that Rask will be available to start on Sunday in Carolina despite leaving the game early.
"“We just found out at the beginning of the second—he went in there, and when he came off, that’s why I went to him said, ‘Are you still having those symptoms?’” Julien said. “He said yeah, so I said, ‘Well, let’s get you out of here and put Sveddy in—who did a good job, by the way.”
The ailment made the Bruins the latest team to employ an emergency backup goaltender, as goalie coach Bob Essensa suited up for potentially his first NHL action since the 2001-02 season with the Sabres: