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Tuukka Rask Hopes To Return To Bruins For Playoffs

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask spoke to the media prior to Saturday's B's-Capitals game to address a groin injury he sustained a week ago against the New York Islanders. Rask, who confirmed the statements made by GM Peter Chiarelli, says he will most likely be out closer to six weeks rather than four. But he also remains adamant that he wants to return in time for the playoffs.

"You hope so right?" Rask said when asked if he could be back by the playoffs. "You just have to go by the week, by the day, with these injuries. Peter [Chiarelli] and the doctors talked, probably closer to six weeks than four. That would be right around the playoff time and I think we're going to shoot for that and hopefully it's better by that time." (via ESPN Boston)

The injury was serious enough for the B's that they had to sign goalie Marty Turco out of the Austrian Hockey League, in order to fill in for the ailing Rask. The injury couldn't come at a worse time for the B's, as starting (and probably fatigued) goalie Tim Thomas continues to struggle in net. For Rask, he hopes he can return at the same high level he's been performing at this season in time as soon as he can.

"I was happy that I hopefully don't have to go through surgery, and that's pretty much it. Four to six weeks the doctor said -- that's pretty tough, but the main thing is to get better and get ready for the playoffs," Rask said.

(ESPN Boston)

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