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Bruins backup goalie Rask to miss 4-6 weeks

Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:22 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 8:22 pm
 
Rask is helped off the ice in Saturday's game vs. the Isles. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The Boston Bruins announced a tough injury for them to take on Monday, especially at this time of the season. Backup goaltender (backup in title only) Tuukka Rask is going to miss the next 4-6 weeks after he sustained a lower abdomen strain/groin strain.

The Bruins have relied on Rask to carry a decent share of the load to help keep their No. 1 goalie, Tim Thomas, fresh for another playoff run this season. Well in this regard, consider the playoffs starting a few weeks earlier for Boston. It's Timmy Time for the foreseeable future.

The timetable sets up Rask for a return just about the start of the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how the Bruins want to play it when Rask comes back considering the load Thomas is about to carry.

Good thing the Bruins didn't really entertain those suggestions to trade Thomas after that White House fiasco, now isn't it? They'd be in a pretty bad spot right now if they had turned the keys over to Rask already.

The Bruins rely heavily on great play by their goaltenders. It's an important equation to their system. Obviously Thomas is capable of handling that responsibility just fine, he did last year.

A little bit more of the good news in this injury -- hey, just searching for a silver lining -- is the fact that their closest division rivals in the Northeast are also dealing with a goaltender injury, it's just the Senators happen to be without their No. 1 in Craig Anderson.

Rask has been excellent this season for the Bruins with a .929 save percentage and 2.05 goals against average in his 23 starts.

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Comments

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:54 pm
 

Bruins backup goalie Rask to miss 4-6 weeks

Rask has been playing great , he actually has a better save percentage than thomas , but the bruins Always seem to lose when he plays they have been shutout 3 times when he is playing , the bruins just seem to be a different team when he is playing .... So this could actually be a good thing ..... Never been a Rask fan since he folded up in the playoffs against philly , when the came back from 3 games down and 3 goals down in game 7.


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