Report: Rask suffers groin injury in Czech Republic


Report: Rask suffers groin injury in Czech Republic

If nine Boston Bruins players are overseas, it would be only a matter of time before at least one or two of them came down with injuries while playing through the NHL lockout.

It appears the Bs have their first as Bs goaltender Tuukka Rask had to leave after the first period while playing for his Plzen team in the Czech League.

According to the twitter account of Roman Jedlicka, a play-by-play announcer in the Czech League, Rask was on the ice for the first period on a clean sheet for Plzen and didnt return for the second period of the game.

Jedlicka later updated his account to say that it looks like a groin injury for Rask, which is bad news for the Bruins.

Rask suffered a groinabdomen injury last year that wiped out the final six weeks of the regular season for the Bs goaltender. The injury could be a serious problem for a team that will enter this year relying on the Finnish netminder to play the bulk of their games.

He had a 2.05 GAA and .929 save percentage when healthy, but left the Bs scrambling for a backup goaltender to Tim Thomas when he went down March 3 against the New York Islanders. With Thomas out of the picture this season, the Bs are relying on Rask to be their No. 1 goaltender and have unproven Anton Khudobin as the next goalie standing if serious injuries hit the Boston goaltending tandem.

The Bruins signed Rask to a one-year deal entering the 2012-13 season ostensibly to see if the slightly-built Finnish goalie could withstand the physical rigors of 55-60 games played plus the playoffs.

Theres no word on how serious the groin injury is for Rask, but it's clearly not a good start for a 25-year-old goalie with plenty to still prove.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.

Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.