Tuukka Rask Injury: Bruins Goalie Out 4-6 Weeks With Groin Injury
After much uncertainty, the Boston Bruins have announced that goal tender Tuukka Rask has sustained a groin injury and will be out of action for 4-6 weeks. The B's called up Michael Hutchinson from Providence to fill his place behind Tim Thomas.
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With Tuukka Rask still trying to recover from a groin injury and recent signing Marty Turco ineligible for the playoffs, Boston needed an option to backup Tim Thomas for the NHL playoffs. If Rask can't return, Khudobin will likely be that backup goalie. Turco is ineligible for the playoffs due to being signed after the NHL trade deadline from EC Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian First Division. Khudobin himself had an injury early last month. After returning from the wrist injury, Khudobin went 2-2 for Providence.
In the AHL this season, Khudobin is 21-19-3 with a 2.61 GAA and .919 save percentage. He could see time in one of the three final regular season games for Boston. Khudobin will be with the team on Tuesday when they play Pittsburgh.
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask will be out 4-6 weeks with a groin injury (via Boston.com). The timeframe of Rask's injury essentially rules him out for the rest of the NHL's regular season.
Rask sustained the injury in the second period of the Bruins' 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders.
Rask has played in 23 games this season and is 11-8-3 with a 2.05 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. Three of Rask's wins were shutouts.
Without Rask available that means that starting goalie Tim Thomas won't be able to get much rest down the final stretch of the regular season. Michael Hutchinson has already been called up from the AHL Providence Bruins. Hutchinson has 6 wins and 11 losses for Providence this season. However, he does have a 2.62 GAA and a .920 save percentage.
According to Joe Haggerty of CSN New England, Boston Bruins goal tender Tuukka Rask sustained a left leg injury during the second period of the Bruins vs. Islanders game on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.
Rask had to be helped off the ice by teammates and trainers midway through the second after he awkwardly fell on his left leg while attempting to crouch into the butterfly position following on a shot by the Islanders' Matt Martin. Rask immediately through his gear to the side and fell to the Garden ice in pain.
While it's unsure what Rask did to his left leg, Haggerty opines that it could have been either a hamstring, knee or groin issue. The severity of the injury is also unknown at this point. Tim Thomas did have to come into the game to replace Rask in net.
For the Bruins, this is the wrong time to lose a goal tender to injury. With Providence starting goal tender Anton Khudobin (wrist) injured, they would likely have to call upon Michael Hutchinson or Adam Courchaine from the minors if Rask is seriously injured.