Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask was manning the net for Finland in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but he was forced to miss the semifinal game against Sweden after being a late scratch. There were reports that Rask was partying around Sochi the night before, but he has refuted those reports and says it was a flu bug that made him miss the game — not a hangover.
From CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty:
Tuukka Rask said he was “at about 40 percent” from flu when he missed game vs Sweden. Refuted whispers he was out partying rather than sick
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) February 27, 2014
Rask came back to start against the United States in the bronze medal game, where he shut out the Americans and helped the Finns bring home a third-place finish in the Sochi Games.
There was plenty of time to party after that.