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Bruins say Tuukka Rask will be out 4-6 weeks

Mar 5, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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If Tuukka Rask is going to make a further impact for the Boston Bruins this season, it will likely be if Tim Thomas falters in the playoffs. Boston announced that Rask will miss anywhere between four and six weeks with a groin injury/abdominal strain suffered while making a save this weekend.

This development is an even bigger bummer than usual for both parties.

From the Bruins’ perspective, they’ll likely need to lean on Thomas more than they might like going down the stretch. Boston still has a three-point lead and three games in hand on the Ottawa Senators for the Northeast Division title, but that gap could close rapidly if they need to turn to Michael Hutchinson or some other green backup to keep their 37-year-old star fresh going into the playoffs.

Update: the Bruins decided to be proactive as far as Thomas’ freshness by signing Marty Turco, who will join the team as long as he clears waivers. Rask won’t have to look over his shoulder, either, because Turco wont be eligible for playoff play.

Rask’s loss isn’t just in the starts he would receive. As a pending restricted free agent going into this summer, he might not get a chance to boost his numbers that much more.

  1. patsbruin1021 - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    At least it wasn’t his left knee it’s too bad the bruins need both goalies if they plan too win it all.

  2. drewsylvania - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Much better than I expected.

  3. ajsjr40 - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    If my memory serves me correct I don’t think Tuukka played a minute in the long playoff run of last year.

    • dolanster - Mar 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

      Correct. Tuukka’s playoff ice time last seaons was 00:00 — not a big issue if they can get Turco in to give Timmy a bit of a rest. Thomas played 25 straight playoff games last year and it didn’t seem to be a problem. If he plays all but three of the games remaining that gives him only 3 more starts than all of last year. Not a big deal people.

  4. oquintero99 - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    What happens if Tukka isnt ready for the playoffs? Which backup do thw Bruins use?

    • barkar942 - Mar 5, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      I hear Connor Crisp of the Erie Otters is available!
      GAA-13.00
      Save Percentage-.711

      Better numbers than Bryz!

  5. patsbruin1021 - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Timmy is 37 and it would be great to give him rest. The bruins defense can help the young backup for now or help an old vet

    • homelanddefense - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      the Bruins D has been horrid lately to be honest. Thomas and Rask have been saving their bacon. Tons of turnovers in their own end….

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