BOSTON - Tuukka Rask didn't see any playing time in the Boston Bruins' playoff run to the Stanley Cup title, but that didn't stop him from making sure he was physically ready for the start of training camp.
Rask, who had a record of 11-14 with 795 saves and a goals against average of 2.67 in 29 regular season games last year, is making progress towards getting himself up to speed.
"I feel pretty good, conditioning wise at least," Rask said after his group finished practice at TD Garden on Sunday. "Everything happens so quick out there. You're not used to it yet, so you don't really care about if you get scored on too many times. But conditioning wise, I feel good."
While the offseasons of many of his teammates were spent celebrating the Stanley Cup, Rask had a minor procedure done on his knee, and as a result, the time went by quickly.
"My summer kind of flew by because I had a knee injury there and I had to [have] surgery. I got back here midway August and I kind of started working out then, went on the ice late August. Just kind of behind the schedule, but everything looks good now and I feel good."
Tim Thomas will enter the season as the Bruins' number one goaltender and Rask is the consensus backup, barring injury. Rask is well aware of the situation between the pipes in Boston and knows that playing time doesn't come easily.
"Two good goalies," he said. "We'll see."