Tuukka Rask hasn’t seen any action since Saturday, March 3, 2012 when he went down for a butterfly save and needed help off the ice. He suffered a groin/abdominal injury and was expected to be out for 4-6 weeks.
Today Rask reported to Bruins Buzz that being ready for the playoffs was a realistic possibility.
“It’s tough to speculate,” he said. “You never know. We’ll see how it goes. Maybe I’ll hit the ice next week if everything goes good and go from there.” He added, “You can’t rush these kinds of injuries, but hopefully.”(via Bruins Buzztap)
Rask said that the pain has subsided, but there is still a sense of tightness that he has to work on along with his core strength. He has been working out riding the bike among other things and has been able to remain in decent shape. While it has only been three weeks since the injury occurred against the New York Islanders, he is ahead of schedule with no setbacks as of yet.
With Rask being out the Bruins signed veteran net minder Marty Turco, formerly of the Chicago Blackhawks, to a one-year contract deal. Unfortunately, if Rask is unable to participate in the playoffs, neither is Turco, due to being signed after the trade deadline. Therefore, having Rask in mint condition is important for the Bruins organization.
“I want to be back as soon as possible,” Rask said. “The playoffs was, and is, the goal.”-Tuukka Rask(via Bruins buzztap)