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Horton Skates at Practice

ESPNClearly in pain and hunched over, Horton skated to the bench, went directly to the dressing room and did not return.

On Thursday, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Horton is listed as day-to-day.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that hopefully he’s back with us next game,” Julien said.

Horton hurt himself on this play, during the first overtime of Wednesday nights game.

Wouldn’t be a Cup finals if Nathan Horton didn’t leave with an injury. He did skate this morning at practice but it is still unclear if he will be in the line up for tomorrow nights game two.

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Just Dynamite

CBS BostonWhile playing for HC Plzeň in the Czech Republic, goaltender Tuukka Rask left a game Tuesday after the first period.

According to reporter Roman Jedlicka, Rask played the first period but did not return for the second.

Jedlicka reported that it appeared to be a groin injury.

“It looks like mild groin injury [because] Rask finished 1st period and didn’t appear for 2nd,” he tweeted.

Well this is wonderful news for Bruins fans. Yes, the league is still in the lock out but what I fear is another groin injury.

A nagging groin injury could be something that could plague Rask for his career. Sometimes it’s almost better to see a player break a bone than pull a muscle, not that you ever want to see anyone get hurt, but even if Rask was playing for the B’s and the season started on time. Chances are he was going to suffer the same injury.

Rask Out 4-6 Weeks

CBS BostonThe long-awaited news on Tuukka Rask is in, and the backup goaltender will be sidelined 4-6 weeks.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli says Rask sustained a lower abdomen strain/groin strain.

Rask suffered the injury Saturday afternoon against the Islanders, when a shot changed direction on its way toward the net, forcing him to shift his body weight. He awkwardly ended up in a split putting pressure on the area.

Well this is kind of what I had figured. As far as the injury goes, initially I thought a hamstring or groin injury, possibly a quad.

Fortunately it is an injury that does not require any sort of surgery or procedure, Rask just needs to sit and get healthy. Hopefully (same with Peverley) the healing process is quick and he is back on the ice sooner than later. Four weeks takes us to the final week of the regular season and six week, he would be out for the first round of the playoffs.

The injury, comes at an inopportune time (as if there were a convenient time for an injury) with the Bruins playing 18 games over the next 33 days and the B’s were going to look to Rask to handle most of the work load so Thomas could get some rest. Their longest stretch between games is two days, which they will spend traveling to the west coast.

Rask Injured Against Isles

To make things worse than losing to the Islanders. Tuukka Rask left the game mid-way through the second period with what the Bruins are describing as a “lower body injury”. Well no shit.

Tuukka went to make a save and the puck changed directions off Greg Zanon’s stick and when Rask went to make an adjustment to try and save the deflected puck, it appeared as if his skate got caught in the ice and all of his weight came down on his left leg.

By the looks of the play it is probably a pulled hamstring or quad. His knee is seems to have a little torque as he was moving on his out-stretched leg.

Rask did not make the trip with the Bruins to New York today. To make matters worse the Bruins could not have lost Rask at a worse time. Even though Tuukka was only making his fourth start since February 8th the B’s have 19 games left in the season which they will play over the course of 35 days.

The Bruins had re-signed Providence starter Anton Khudobin for this exact reason, as insurance if Tuukka or Timmy got hurt. Well Khudobin is out himself with a wrist injury. So the Bruins will turn to Michael Hutchinson. Hutch (yeah thats right, I’m going to start that nickname) was drafted in the 3rd round (77th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

This season Hutch is only 6-11-0 with a 2.62 GAA this season in Providence.