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Will groin issue be a problem for Bruins’ Tuukka Rask?

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Tuukka Rask, the heir to Tim Thomas in net for the Bruins this(?) season, injured his groin playing for Plzen in the Czech Republic. According to Roman Jedlicka Rask played the first period of Plzen’s game but wasn’t seen at the start of the second.

The good news is that Rask said it was only a slight pull and just wanted to be careful after last season. Rask’s agent, Bill Zito, reiterated his client’s comments telling The Boston Globe:

He’s fine. Just a little tweak and he didn’t want to push it. Probably play Friday.

If the groin ends up becoming a persistent problem, the Bruins may be forced to go with Anton Khudobin as the starting goalie and find someone else to be the backup–of course, if the lockout ever ends.

This is the second straight season that Rask has hurt his groin. Last season, Rask injured his groin in May which forced the Bruins to sign Marty Turco as a temporary backup to Thomas.

Rask was expected to be the Bruins starting goalie this season with Tim Thomas taking the year off for personal reasons. In eight games for Plzen, Rask has a 1.85 goals against average and a .936 save percentage.

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