WASHINGTON, DC Tuukka Rask inches closer to being ready for playoff action as the intensity increases with each passing Bruins practice, but Claude Julien was still not willing to put a timetable on his goaltenders recovery from a groinabdomen strain.
Rask went through the most rigorous workout since his recovery during Mondays morning skate prior to Game 3, and the goaltender said hes feeling no limitations as he slips back into game condition.
But Julien said the Bruins are being extra careful with their Finnish netminder because theyd never want to get into a doomsday situation where both Tim Thomas and Rask went down during the same playoff game.
Its not a matter of Rask being ready. Its a matter of him being 100 percent ready.
Hes getting closer. I dont know if hes ready for Game 4, 5, 6 or 7, or if it will be the second round, said Claude Julien. Hes looking good, but the one thing youve got to be careful of because hes a goaltender with the injury he had is that you dont rush him back.
The last thing you need is for Tim to go down, and then Tuukka comes in and goes down after the first or second shot faced. Were just making sure that when hes back that hes 100 percent, said Claude Julien. Not that hes feeling good, but that hes 100 percent. Right now we have a good backup in Anton Khudobin that had a good year in the minors and had a game for us against Ottawa.
It allows us the time for Tuukka to not just strengthen it up, but to get him in shape and sharp so were not wondering what kind of game hed be giving us if he got in there.Sounds like Rask might still have some work to do before hes actually ready to suit up in the playoff series, so stay tuned to the updates from practice.
FOXBORO -- The inactive lists for today's Patriots-Rams game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
S Jordan Richards
WR Matthew Slater
DL Woodrow Hamilton
RB D.J. Foster
T LaAdrian Waddle
DL Darius Kilgo
CB Justin Coleman
LOS ANGELES RAMS
WR Tavon Austin
DE Robert Quinn
QB Sean Mannion
TE Temarrick Hemingway
OL Rodger Saffold
DB Steve Williams
OL Pace Murphy
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!
*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.
*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.
*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.
*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.
*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.
*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.