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Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask told ESPNBoston and other outlets Wednesday that his recovery from an abdominal strain/groin strain is going well and that he hopes to be ready for the postseason. Rask has been out since March 3 and at the time of the injury the team hoped he would be ready for playoffs.
There are two ways to look at this, one way is that it is way too risky to have the goalie of the future rushed back in time for the playoffs with an abdominal/groin problem. The other way is that chances are if he is on the bench for the first playoff game he is going to stay there until the last playoff game is finished. Tim Thomas played every single game in last year’s Stanley Cup run.
If I were in charge of what happens to Rask I would shut him down, take the offseason to be 100 percent healthy and be ready to take over the number one goalie spot. If Rask is not on the bench in the playoffs, Providence goalie Anton Khudobin would be.
Marty Turco was signed after the trade deadline meaning that he is not available on the playoff roster.
If Rask is really ready to go with no signs of injury problems then he could be a big help. In 23 games this season he posted a 2.05 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. Rask was 11-8-3 and had three shutouts before going down with this injury.