Bruins' Rask Leaves Team

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas fails to make a reaching save on a goal by Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins say goaltender Tuukka Rask has been granted a leave of absence from the team for a personal matter.
The team didn't offer an explanation, but general manager Don Sweeney said shortly after the announcement on Friday it was not health related. He also asked for privacy on behalf of Rask.
Rask has started only seven of the Bruins' 15 games this season and acknowledged being outplayed recently by Jaroslav Halak.
Rask came on in relief in the Bruins' 8-5 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Halak was pulled after allowing five goals on 19 shots. Rask allowed three goals on the first eight shots he faced.
Boston, which hosts Toronto on Saturday, has dropped three of its last five games.

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