Report: Rask groin injury not serious


Report: Rask groin injury not serious

The good news is that Tuukka Rasks groin is fine.

He told Czech TVNOVA TV hockey reporter Roman Jedlicka following his Plzens teams Tuesday loss that he was fine: "I slightly pulled my groin, it is not serious. I had groin problems last year so I took little rest just for precaution.

This came on the heels of Rask getting pulled after the first period of a Czech League game when he felt a twinge in the groin injury that dogged him after he pulled it against the New York Islanders on March 3. That groinabdomen strain kept him out for the final five weeks of the regular season before he returned to back up Tim Thomas during the first round of the playoffs against the Washington Capitals.

But the bad news is that Rask is still experiencing twinges and strains after last years troubling injury. The Bruins' starting job was the Finnish goaltenders to win down the stretch last year if he could have remained healthy.

Instead he pulled the groin and forced the Bruins to scour for the cooked Marty Turco as a clearly fatigued Tim Thomas scuffled down the stretch. Thats why Rask signed only a one-year, 3.5 million deal with the Bruins this summer, and put himself in a position where he needed to prove he can be the man sturdy enough to start 55-60 games for the Bs.

The bad news: A groin twinge in Europe and mention of last years injuries is a bad first sign when groin woes tend to become chronic issues for goaltenders. If Rask is already experiencing groin discomfort less than a month into a Czech League stint one has to wonder how much confidence they should have that the lithe goalie can remain healthy.

For a player that will be one of the most important figures on the Bruins roster once the NHL regular season begins and has only the inexperienced Anton Khudobin backing him up, its a concerning development for Rask and for Boston no matter how minor the groin problem.

Such is life in a world without Tim Thomas, however, after the All-Star goaltender decided to take a year-long sabbatical from the NHL and the Bruins organization.

Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'


Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'

Malcolm Butler didn't mean any disrespect. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 


When the Patriots corner picked off a Landry Jones pass in the first quarter -- one that was intended for receiver Antonio Brown -- Butler stood up in the end zone, faced the Heinz Field crowd, stuck one arm in the air But and gyrated like someone had attached jumper cables to his facemask. 

He was doing his best to mimick one of Brown's well-known touchdown dances.

"Me and Brown had conversation before," Butler said, "and it was a joke to him once I showed him how I do it. Much love for that guy. Nothing personal."

For Butler, it was the highlight of what was a productive afternoon. The third-year corner was asked to shadow Brown for much of the day, and he held Brown to five catches on nine targets for 94 yards. He also broke up a pair of passes intended for Brown's teammates.

“Stopping Antonio Brown, that’s impossible," Butler said. "You can’t stop him. You can only slow him down. I just went out there and tried to compete today . . . Great players are going to make plays but you have to match their intensity.”
Even on the longest throw from backup quarterback Landry Jones to Brown, a 51-yarder, it appeared as though Butler played the coverage called correctly. 

Butler lined up across from Brown and trailed him underneath as Brown worked his way from the left side of the field to the right. Butler was looking for some help over the top in that scenario, seemingly, but because Brown ran across the formation, it was hard for the back end of the defense to figure out who would be helping Butler. 

Coach Bill Belichick admitted as much after the game. 

"He was on [Brown] a lot the way we set it up," Belichick said. "Look, they've got great players. They're tough to cover. They hit us on a couple over routes, in cut where they kind of ran away from the coverage that we had. 

"The plays were well designed. Good scheme, good thorws and obviously good routes by Brown. They got us on a couple, but I thought we competed hard. We battled all the way. We battled on third down. We battled in the red area. They made some. We made some, but they're good. They have a lot of good players."

And Brown, in particular, is about as close as it gets to unstoppable in the NFL. Butler found that out in Week 1 of last year when he matched up with Brown in his first game as a starter, giving up 9 catches for 133 yards to the All-Pro wideout. 

Though Sunday might not have been perfect for Butler, it was better than that day about 14 months ago. And at times, it was worth dancing about. 

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

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