Emil Bemstrom reacts to his hit that concussed Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask

Nick Goss

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was forced to make an early exit from Tuesday night's road game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after taking a hard hit to the head from Emil Bemstrom.

The Blue Jackets forward was skating around the crease in the first period when his left glove banged into Rask's mask.

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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.

The Athletic's Aaron Portzline reported Wednesday morning that Bemstrom won't face any discipline from the NHL for the hit on Rask.

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.

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Emil Bemstrom reacts to his hit that concussed Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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