The Blue Jackets forward was skating around the crease in the first period when his left glove banged into Rask's mask.
No penalty was called and Rask went into the concussion protocol. B's coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters after his team's 3-0 loss at Nationwide Arena that Rask was in fact concussed.
Bemstrom made it clear after the Blue Jackets' win that he had absolutely no intention of injuring Rask.
#CBJ Emil Bemstrom said being targeted all night by #NHLBruins was a new experience for him. Said the elbow to Tuukka Rask was unintentional, that he was crosschecked on one side and twisted his torso as he skated through the crease.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) January 15, 2020
"It wasn't on purpose, of course," he said.
The Athletic's Aaron Portzline reported Wednesday morning that Bemstrom won't face any discipline from the NHL for the hit on Rask.
Told no supplemental punishment coming for #CBJ forward Emil Bemstrom following Tuesday's incident with #NHLBruins G Tuukka Rask.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) January 15, 2020
Review shows Bemstrom stick getting pushed back by Boston D Torey Krug, driving Bemstrom's left arm back and into Rask's head.
The Bruins have a capable backup netminder in Jaroslav Halak, so there's no reason to put Rask back in a game situation before the All-Star break at the end of the month.
Emil Bemstrom reacts to his hit that concussed Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston