Report: Rask suffers groin injury in Czech Republic

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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.

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Nash stepping up when Bruins need him most

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Nash stepping up when Bruins need him most

BROOKLYN -- It took most of his first season in Boston, but Riley Nash is hitting his groove with the Bruins at exactly the right time.

Nash came up huge in a must-win game Saturday night against the Islanders, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over the Isle. The unheralded Nash and equally unheralded backup goalie Anton Khudobin were the two most important performers in the tight, playoff-style win that snapped a four game losing streak while pushing the B's back into playoff position.

"That's part of [a big win], right? Big performances,” said interim coach Bruce Cassidy. "Generally you look to your best players, but [Nash] did a really good job. He's got a sneaky shot, so hopefully he uses it a little bit more. You can't say enough about those goals. We needed them tonight.

"Generally our top guns have been good offensively and have come through. But tonight it was the lesser lights for us in terms of offense, so good for us.”

Both Nash goals were titanic. The first came on the first shift following the Islanders goal in the first period. The fourth-line winger stripped Isles defenseman Scott Mayfield in the neutral zone and then flipped a shot past Thomas Greiss to the short side that tied the game at 1-1. Then in the third period, Dominic Moore hit Nash in stride as he sped into the offensive zone, and Nash weaved through defenders before sneaking one past Greiss for the game-winner.

The two goals give Nash four goals and six points in 21 games since the All-Star break, in line with his normal offensive output during his NHL career, and a step up from the three goals and nine points in his first 52 games this season.

The affable Nash was more than happy to contribute in a big win, and enthused at seeing the offense finally starting to flow on a semi-regular basis when the Bruins can really use it.

"It's quite the output as opposed to the season I've had so far, so I'll take it and be happy that we won the game,” said Nash. "I think everyone in here knew that was the biggest game of the year. It was going to be a really big uphill battle if we lost that one.

"Both teams came out desperate in a pretty tight, playoff-style game, but that's what it's going to be like for the rest of the season. So we've got to hunker down and take it one game at a time as the saying goes.”

With the Bruins third line fading a bit in these tight, physical games where players have to battle for their ice, it's been vital that Boston's fourth line step up and provide big minutes at both ends of the ice. Nash and Co. did more than that on Saturday night by potentially saving the season with his biggest, best game in a Bruins uniform.