– If there’s one positive aspect to come from Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask
’s lower abdominal and groin strain, it’s that he’s not feeling any pain at all.
“Feeling good,” Rask said as he addressed the media before Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals. “Walking is really better... It’s just moving sideways and stuff it feels tight.
“This week we just iced it and like I said, there’s nothing you can really do about it but just let it heal,” he added. “We did some ice this week, and now we’re going to talk what the plan is going forward, but the same thing is to rest and let it heal.”
Rask, who addressed the media for the first time since being injured March 3 against the New York Islanders, said he was unsure exactly what happened, but thinks injury might have occured when he made the initial save.
“You can see from the replay I shook my glove off and felt down in my groin area and I knew people were saying it was my knee right after – and it looked like that,” Rask said. “But I heard it snap in [my abdominal] and I knew right away it was pretty serious.
“If I had to say, it probably happened when I kicked out and probably my hips weren’t in the right position.”
Rask, who has had a rather injury-free career except for an ankle sprain in Providence two years ago, hopes he will be ready when the playoffs come around.
More so, he said he was upset that he won’t be able to help Tim Thomas
get any rest through the remaining 11 games in March.
“It is tough, and it is what it is – but you just have to stay positive and let it heal,” Rask said. “You can’t be thinking about that too much, but it’s obviously tough and you feel for Timmy, because we were going to share a lot of games in this month I bet and get a lot of workload off each other’s shoulders too.
"But things happens in hockey, and it happened to me this time and hopefully we can get ready for the playoffs.”
In the meantime, the Bruins will turn to veteran goaltender Marty Turco
to help relieve the amount of time Thomas spends in net.
“I haven’t seen [Turco] on the ice, but I talked to him a few times, he’s a great guy," Rask said. “I saw him during the Final last year actually, he’s a really well spoken man and really nice guy and you can tell he’s been around for a long time. He’s a good add to our team.”
While Rask recovers from his injury, he said that he’ll spend a lot of time around the locker room to help channel some positive energy.
And when he’s not doing that, he didn’t shy away from what he’ll be doing in his down time.
“Right now just mental exercises and I jumped in the hot tub today,” Rask said, smiling. “That’s a nice relaxing spa day.”--- Anthony Gulizia