Boston Bruins: Tuukka Rask Injured Playing in Czech Republic

October 23rd, 2012 by Chris Blanchard Leave a reply »
Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask has suffered a groin injury while playing in Europe, according to a tweet from Roman Jedlicka. 

Rask, who has inherited the starting job in Boston due to Tim Thomas's sabbatical, has been playing with HC Plzen of the Czech Extraliga. He has performed tremendously until now, with a 93.24 save percentage in seven starts. 

Rask blanked Slavia Praha for one period before coming out of the game.

The severity of the injury is uncertain, but it is cause for concern in Boston, as Rask missed significant time down the stretch last season, also suffering from a groin injury. Following the game, Rask told Czech reporters:

"I slightly pulled my groin, it is not serious. I had groin problems last year so i took little rest just for precaution"

If the Finnish netminder is severely hurt, Anton Khudobin is next in line for promotion. Khudobin has only played seven career games but has shined in each of them. His only appearance for Boston last season was a 44-save victory over the Ottawa Senators. 

Khudobin, currently playing in the KHL for Atlant Moscow Oblast, is talented but ...

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