Tuukka Rask joins Bruins at practice with Linus Ullmark still sidelined

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

The Boston Bruins had a familiar face on the ice at practice as goaltender Tuukka Rask skated with the team on Monday.

The Bruins' former No. 1 goalie was a participant at practice with Linus Ullmark absent. Charlie McAvoy, Patrice Bergeron, Charlie Coyle and Matt Grzelcyk were also absent for Boston.

Last week, general manager Don Sweeney told media that Rask will “likely be a part of our group” after he's fully recovered from his hip injury and in game shape.

Jeremy Swayman and Ullmark have been splitting duties in net for the Bruins in the absence of the former Vezina Trophy winner.

Rask, 35, was pulled in Game 5 of the Bruins' second-round series against the New York Islanders with what turned out to be a torn hip labrum. He hasn't played since but although his eight-year, $56-million contract with the Bruins expired in the off-season, he has been skating with the team.

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