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Tuukka Rask might be ready for the playoffs

Apr 9, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

Tuukka Rask AP

The Bruins come into the playoffs with a few injuries of note to Johnny Boychuk and Nathan Horton, but backup goalie Tuukka Rask is still out with a groin/abdomen injury that’s kept him out of action since early March.

Now with the playoffs about to start this week and things not looking good for Horton, attention has turned to Rask to see if he’ll be able to backup Tim Thomas as the Bruins look to defend the Stanley Cup. CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty hears it from Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli that Rask is right on schedule for when he’s due to return.

“I’d characterize Johnny [Boychuk] and Adam [McQuaid] as day-to-day in their respective injuries. I think Tuukka’s is maybe a little bit more than day-to-day. He’s been pretty aggressive with his rehab,” said Chiarelli. “I don’t have my calendar in front of me but I think he might be bang on [with a six-week rehab]. We’ll see how he goes the next couple of days, but we certainly have a capable backup in [Anton] Khudobin [if Rask can’t play].”

If you’re wondering about Marty Turco, he’s not eligible to play for the Bruins in the playoffs because he signed out of Switzerland after the trade deadline.

It’s just the backup goalie position but we’ve seen backups play more-than important roles in the past and the Bruins would like to be fully squared away in goal. Looks like they won’t be too far off from that after all.

  1. amerika1313 - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    I think Turco signed a deal after playing in Austria, didn’t he?

  2. homelanddefense - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    This doesnt matter. If healthy Thomas would play every playoff game anyway. And if Thomas isnt healthy then my Bruins have no shot.

    • odj810 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      I wouldn’t call it no shot. Rask can steal a series to but it certainly decreases there chances.

      • homelanddefense - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

        By no shot, I mean at winning the cup. They could win a series, maybe two with Tuuka. But the goal is the cup, and without Thomas playing lights out I dont think they can win it.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

        Like when he played in 2010? How’d that work out for us?

      • odj810 - Apr 9, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        thomas had a knack for not being able to win on the biggest stage either. It takes a couple good bounces to give you the confidence to believe you are unbeatable. Rask came up short but so did thomas in the years prior to last. I’m confident in either goaltender. By no means are they the favorite, I think calling any team the favorite is misguided. Theres to many great teams that are so close. The hottest complete team will win. That could be boston with or without thomas and it could be any other team in the field.

  3. lucicfan603 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Rask is junk if Thomas dosnt start every game then we have no chance signing turco was a huge mistake

    • dolanster - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      Why was Turco a mistake? He cost only $100K, gave Thomas 4 games off. Won 2 of them. Khudobin was hurt, worked out fine. Turco was just a tire patch but worked exactly as planned. How is that a “huge mistake”?

      • govtminion - Apr 9, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        Because he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on. Pay attention! ;)

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