Rask groin injury in Czech Republic 'a fairly minor thing'


Rask groin injury in Czech Republic 'a fairly minor thing'

Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien have tried to avoid the reports and rundowns on the Bruins players plying their trade overseas during the NHL lockout, but thats a pretty futile effort. The reports and game summaries are easily obtained, and unfortunately world traveled fast when Bs goaltender Tuukka Rask was removed from a Tuesday game after the first period due to a groin issue.
The Bruins goalie told Czech TV the groin tweak suffered wasnt serious and that he took himself out of the game for precautionary reasons, and both his erstwhile general manager and head coach confirmed that on Wednesday night.
I learned about Rasks injury on Twitter, actually, before I learned it was a fairly minor thing and that hes probably going to play again on Friday, said Chiarelli. Its a risk that a player has to decide whether its worth it or not. As a manager you just hope that when these guys do return that theyre 1) in shape and 2) healthy.
Rask missed the final five weeks of last season due to a groinabdomen strain suffered March 3 against the New York Islanders, but was healthy enough to return to the active player roster in the series against the Washington Capitals. The 2012-13 season is a pivotal one for Rask where hes been given the inside track on the starting goalie job in Boston, and need only prove he can remain healthy and consistent enough to keep the puck-stopping gig.
Chiarelli and Julien dropped in for a surprise visit at a Mens League game at Hockey Town on Saugus, and then talked pros and cons with nine Bs players currently skating in Europe. So far the other eight Bs players aside from Rask have remained healthy in the early going while playing in Europe, and the coaching staff can only hope from afar that it stays that way.  
The guys that are playing in Europe will be back in game-shape when they do get going, but they also run the risk of getting injured, said Julien. The last I had heard on Tuukka is that it was very minor and more of a cautious move.
He knows his body well enough now that he doesnt want to run the risk of getting hurt over there. I dont anticipate any problems with that situation. Well certainly find out sooner or later when we see him back in action.
Bruins officials could find out as soon as Friday when the Finnish netminder is expected to play again for his Plzen club in the Czech League.

HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award


HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award

NEW YORK -- Lamar Jackson leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him.

The sensational sophomore quarterback became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson despite some late-season struggles.

Baker Mayfield finished third and Oklahoma teammate and fellow finalist Dede Westbrook was fourth. Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was fifth.

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Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs


Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs

BOSTON -- The Bruins’ season has gone in extreme swings both up and down thus far through the first couple of months, and that was the case as they lost their third game in a row to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Bruins couldn’t only scratch for one goal despite outshooting the Maple Leafs by a 32-20 margin, and fell by a disappointing 4-1 score to the young and talented Toronto club at TD Garden.

The Bruins never enjoyed a lead in the game against the Leafs, and were flirting with danger after failing to score in the first period despite out-shooting Toronto by an 11-2 margin in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Instead it was a David Pastrnak neutral zone turnover in the second period that was picked off by William Nylander, and ended with Auston Matthews firing a rocket over Tuukka Rask for his 12th goal of the season.

Toronto extended the lead with five minutes to go in the period when Zach Hyman tipped a wobbly Jake Gardiner point shot past Rask, and made it three games in a row that the Bruins have dug themselves a considerable hole. Brad Marchand got one goal back at the end of the second period on a nice hustle play as he sealed off Frederik Anderson’s clearing attempt and then stuffed the puck past the Leafs goalie on a second chance bid.

That’s the way the score remained until the third period when the Bruins couldn’t convert on a couple of offensive chances -- included a bang-bang shorthanded bid for Austin Czarnik in front of the net -- and then James van Riemsdyk scored in front as a Toronto power play expired. That was the backbreaker for a Black and Gold bunch that continues to scrap for goals, and has now scored two goals or less in 20 of their 20 games this season.

Connor Brown added an empty netter in the final two minutes of the game to truly put it out of reach for the Bruins.