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Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask misses crucial season finale

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask missed Saturday's regular-season finale against the Ottawa Senators as his team played for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

Backup Jonas Gustavsson got the start against Ottawa — his 20th start of the season.

The Bruins needed a victory over the Senators and help from Philadelphia and Detroit in order to avoid their second straight season without a playoff berth. But Rask was "unavailable due to illness," a team spokesman announced in the press box shortly before the opening faceoff.

Rask was with the team for the pregame warmup but spent most of it on the side, near the Boston bench. The Bruins...