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Rask hoping to return to Bruins lineup next week

Mar 28, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

Tuukka Rask AP

Could Marty Turco‘s time as a Boston Bruin soon be up?

Quite possibly, according to’s Joe Haggerty.

Haggerty spoke with injured Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask on Wednesday and learned the 22-year-old is eying a return to the lineup.

“I’d like to get in a game before season is over,” Rask said. “But to be ready for playoffs is the goal.”

Rask hasn’t played since Mar. 3 after suffering a groin/abdomen injury in a 3-2 loss to the Islanders. The injury was supposed to sideline him for 4-6 weeks, which forced Boston to sign Turco out of the Austrian League.

It’ll be interesting to see how Boston handles Rask’s return. The Bruins have six games remaining (they play every second night starting on Thursday) and have made no secret of their desire to rest Tim Thomas down the stretch.

Turco could be a viable option in the near future — after looking shaky in his first two appearances, he was solid in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Anaheim — but since Rask has to be the backup in the playoffs (Turco is postseason ineligible), he’ll need at least one game of work, possibly more.

Rask stated he wants back on the ice next week barring any unforeseen issues, meaning he could be ready to go for Boston’s final three games of the year against Pittsburgh, Ottawa and Buffalo.

  1. jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:04 PM


  2. govtminion - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Good to have him back. Nothing against Turco, but… well, let’s be honest here, Rask > Turco, that’s just how it is.

    …of course, putting in a guy who hasn’t played in a few weeks for his first game back in ANY of next week’s three games doesn’t look like fun.

  3. BurkieInBoston - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Probably going to be most healthy they can possibly be minus Horton. Welcome back Tuuuuuuukaaaa!!!

  4. pastabelly - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Tuukka would need two games minimum before the playoffs and Thomas could use the rest. Thomas has played too much and his numbers are taking a hit for it. At this point in their careers, Rask is a much better goalie than Turco. But Turco played a gutsy game in Ahaheim. If it’s his last game as an NHL goalie, it’s a great way to go out.

  5. bigbadbruins1968 - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    “Could Marty Turco‘s time as a Boston Bruin soon be up?”

    Good God, I hope so.

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