The Bruins have suffered another injury at a position thats always been their pillar of strength.
Tuukka Rask had to be helped off the ice by teammates and trainers midway through the second period after attempting to drop down into the butterfly on a Matt Martin shot at the net in a game tied 1-1 between the Bruins and Islanders at TD Garden.
It appeared that Rasks left leg buckled awkwardly as he attempted to drop into position and it could be a groin, hamstring or knee issue in his left leg given the normal injury hazards in the goaltending world. Rask immediately threw his blocker and stick away and crumpled into a heap as soon as he suffered the injury, and the Bs trainers were swiftlywaved onto the ice.
Rask didn't put any weight on the left leg as he was helped off the ice.Tim Thomas had to jump into the game to replace the injured Rask, and the team plays eight games in the next 13 days with a clear need for two goaltenders. Rask did have his left knee scoped following last season, but its unknown if theres any connection to the latest injury suffered against the Islanders.
With Anton Khudobin (wrist)currently injured for the Providence Bruins, it leaves Mike Hutchinson, Adam Courchaine and Karel St. Laurentas the healthy goaltenders the Bruins would need to choose from if Rask is seriously injured. Hutchinson didn't play this weekend due to the flu, but Bruins' sources have indicated to CSNNE.com that he'd be the choice if Boston needs a goaltender before leaving for New York tonight.