Rask, girlfriend welcome first child

BOSTON -- Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask and his girlfriend welcomed the couple’s first child, a baby girl, either late Sunday or early Monday. Rask said the mother and child are doing great.

The due date was Friday, a day after Game 1 of the Bruins' first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens. During the Bruins’ practice on Friday, Rask was on the ice, and a Massachusetts state trooper was on hand at Ristuccia Arena, perhaps to give Rask an escort to the hospital if needed.

If the team had left for Montreal before the child was born, the Bruins were prepared to have a plane available for Rask to return to Boston, a club source said. It’s not clear whether Rask would have played if the baby had arrived either prior to or during Game 1 or Game 2. Bruins backup Chad Johnson said he was ready to play if that was the case.

“I’ve sort of talked to him about it. You don’t know what’s going to happen there, so you sort of have to be ready,” Johnson said Friday. “I don’t know if he’s going to leave or not leave in that situation, but again, you can’t really control anything. I just have to try to be ready for any situation. If I get to start or I get put in, I want to make the best of it and try to do as well as you can.”