|Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) blocks a shot by Florida Panthers' Steve Reinprecht in the shootout of an NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010. The Bruins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) |
"I looked like a sniper out there," said Johnny Boychuk
with a big grin -- the first smile anyone's seen on any Boston player's face since Marc Savard
went down with a concussion on Sunday.
John had reason to smile, as here in Toronto Boychuk and fellow B's rookies Vladimir Sobotka and Brad Marchand
were at the Maple Leafs practice facility getting some extra ice time and helping fellow rookie, goalie Tuukka Rask
, finish his rehab back from a lower body injury.
"Tuukka's back to normal," added Dr. Boychuk.
"I feel great, you know...so everything is good and I am getting back on track," said Tuukka after this afternoon's small, short practice. Rask said that he had been injured only one previous time during his pro career.
"Actually last year I got an Ankle injury. Providence. And I missed about 10-days or so," he said.
Some of those Providence teammates were actually here today to help Rask find his way back onto the Boston roster.
"I just worked on my injury," said Rask of the last few days. "It's never fun when you have to [watch] your teammates play, and you can't be part of that.
"But you just have to focus on getting yourself back in shape and getting yourself better.
"That's the only thing you can do."
Rask looked sharp in practice and expects to join Tim Thomas
for morning skate on Tuesday.
"Yah, yah, yah," said Rask. "I'm 100%, so we're back in.
"No [concerns]. None at all. The last two days have been perfect, so...it was better to take some time off and let it calm down and now if feels 100%, so everything is good."