The injury bug has fully infiltrated the Boston Bruins.
According to multiple reports, including ESPN, Bruins backup goaltender Tuukka Rask suffered an undisclosed leg injury while going into the splits to make a save at the 9:01 mark of the second period during the team's game against the Islanders on Saturday.
Rask, 24, stopped 11 of 12 shots in the 29:01 he stood in the pipes against New York until doubling over in pain and being forced to the locker room.
With the final playoff stretch in full gear, the Bruins are already shorthanded without the services of forwards Nathan Horton (concussion) and Rich Peverley (knee) along with defensemen Andrew Ference (lower body) and Johnny Boychuk (concussion).
Of course, forward Marc Savard has not played for the better part of three seasons due to severe post-concussion symptoms.
Tim Thomas, the normal Bruins starter, was given the day off because the team plays the Rangers in the second half of a back-to-back in New York City on Sunday.
Thomas surrendered two goals in relief of Rask and the Bruins succumbed to the Islanders 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.
The extent of Rask's injury is unknown. According to head coach Claude Julien during his press conference after the game, "He's not making the road trip, that much I can tell you."
Furthermore, the official Boston Bruins Twitter account confirmed:
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"Bruins recall goalie [G] Michael Hutchinson and F Lane MacDermid from Prov[idence]."
Hutchinson is the normal starter for the Providence Bruins and will serve as backup to Thomas during Boston's upcoming road trip.
NESN also confirmed that forward Daniel Paille will be forced to stay in Boston after leaving the Islander game in the third period.
Rask is 11-8 while posting a stellar 2.05 GAA and .929 Sv. percentage in his third full season with the Bruins.
Boston plays the Rangers on Sunday and Toronto on Tuesday before returning home.
Ryan O'Leary is a researcher and writer for Bleacher Report's Video Production Department with seven years experience in the sports industry. Ryan covered the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Hockey Tournament with CTV and the 2011 IIHF World Championships with the NBC Sports Channel. He was also a member of NBC's 2008 Olympic Coverage in Beijing. Ryan resides in Connecticut and supports the Pittsburgh Penguins, San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers from afar. Ryan received his bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri and Master's of Sports Management from West Virginia University.