Boston Bruins: Goalie Tuukka Rask out for 4-6 Weeks, Adding to Injury Bug

Cory DuceyAnalyst IIIMarch 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24:  Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins makes a save against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced Monday, March 5, "Tuukka Rask sustained a lower abdomen strain/groin strain and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks." 

The Injury Bug

This comes is on the heels of a string of injuries that the Bruins are currently facing, with long-term Nathan Horton out with no clear window for his return.

Rich Peverley will be out for 4-6 weeks from the time of his knee injury last week.

Daniel Paille will be out with an upper-body injury.

Andrew Ference will be out with a lower-body injury.

Horton's offensive abilities are missed.  He was one of the members of the best offensive lines in the league with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

Peverley's ability to mix in with the lines when needed is badly missed on the bench, as he is one of those players who gel with a first or second line when needed.

Paille's speed and penalty killing ability is going to be missed.  His return is not clear but they expect it to be in the short term.

Ference's defensive play, along with grinding it out on the boards, is missed.  He is a very gritty player and is currently listed as day-to-day.

Plugging the No. 2 Hole

Rask is missed largely due to his ability as a goalie who can hold his own and allow No. 1 netminder, Tim Thomas, to rest before the playoffs.

Anton Khudobin, the Bruins' farm team of the Providence Bruins' No. 1 goaltender, is currently not available for a call-up as he has been nursing a wrist injury.

P-Bruins' backup goalie, Michael Hutchinson, was called up to be No. 2 for the Bruins.

Marty Turco has been signed by the Bruins today to get some veteran help between the pipes.

Turco will be placed on waivers and if he clears waivers, he will join the Bruins on Wednesday, March 7.  Even if he does clear waivers, he will not be eligible to play in the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs because he joined the club after the Trade Deadline.

Not an Easy Road From Here on Out

The Bruins have a daunting task ahead of them.  They have 33 days left, and in those 33 days they have 18 games and just one time that they have a two-day break.  In that break, they head out west for a road swing.

During this time, they have three back-to-back nights.