Tuukka Rask was back in the net for HC Plzen on Friday, proving that his groin injury is not worthy of major concern. Rask's return was doubly exciting for Bruins fans as he took on David Krejci's HC Pardubice in the Czech Extraliga.
Rask extinguished any doubts about his health as he led HC Plzen to a shootout victory. Rask entered the game with a superb 93.55 save-percentage, and now holds a 7-2 record for the club.
Krejci opened the scoring after just three minutes and 13 seconds. Krejci put the puck past his Bruins teammate with the help of Edmonton Oilers star Ales Hemsky. Krejci now has five goals and four assists through nine games in his home country.
Panic struck in the Bruins camp on Tuesday when Tuukka Rask left a game against Slavia Praha after the first period with a tweaked groin. Rask missed the final six weeks of last season with a serious groin injury, and as he inherits Tim Thomas' starting role this season, Rask will need to stay healthy.
He played the entire game against HC Pardubice, saving 29 of 32 shots and coming up big in the deciding shootout. Rask's health will continue to be something to watch moving forward, but for now Bruins fans should be pleased with their goaltenders spectacular play.
Friday marked the second time two Bruins have faced off in Europe. On October 20th, Patrice Bergeron's HC Lugano defeated Tyler Seguin's EHC Biel in Switzerland by a score of 6-3. Bergeron and Seguin each scored in the game, with Seguin adding two assists in the losing effort.
With the NHL canceling games through November 30th, Bruins fans will have to get used to seeing their favorite stars wearing European jerseys. Nine Bruins players are currently playing overseas, with more likely to follow.