While Marty Turco and Anton Khudobin have done an admirable job of filling in for Tuukka Rask over the last six weeks, it looks like Bostons backup goaltender might be ready for the playoffs.
Rask strained his groin and abdomen making a save against the New York Islanders back on March 3, and he has missed slightly more than five weeks with an injury expected to keep him out 4-6 weeks. Rask was on the ice skating on his own earlier this week while testing out the healing groin muscles, and Peter Chiarelli indicated the Finnish netminder might be able to serve as Tim Thomas backup Thursday night against the Washington Capitals.
Id characterize Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid as day-to-day in their respective injuries. I think Tuukkas is maybe a little bit more than day-to-day. Hes been pretty aggressive with his rehab, said Chiarelli. I dont have my calendar in front of me but I think he might be bang on with a six-week rehab. Well see how he goes the next couple of days, but we certainly have a capable backup in Anton Khudobin if Rask cant play.
If Rask cant go then it will be Khudobin, who made 44 saves in his first win as a member of the Bruins against the Senators, serving as the backup goaltender. Chiarelli confirmed that Turco will likely stick around the Bruins for the first couple of games of the playoffs, but then will be returning home rather than traveling with the Bruins during their playoff run.
Turco wasnt eligible for playoff duty after signing with the Bruins following the NHL trade deadline, and might even do some analyst work with the NHL Network once his commitment with the Bruins has finished.
Ive discussed it with Marty . . . hes got a couple of things he has to do. He wont be practicing with the team, said Chiarelli. I think hes going to be around until maybe the tail end of the week and then hes going to go home.
Some of this is obviously moot because Thomas is expected to be the guy for every minute of Bostons playoff run, but the ThomasRask tandem may be reunited for the beginning of the postseason.