Tuukka Rask denies hangover made him miss Olympic semifinal

Feb 22, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Finland goalie Tuukka Rask (40) lays on the ice in front of his teammates with his bronze medal after defeating USA in the men’s ice hockey bronze medal game during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

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:

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.

Topics: 2014 Winter Olympics, Boston Bruins, Sochi Olympics, Tuukka Rask

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