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Tuukka Rask hopes to return in time for playoffs

03.28.12 at 3:19 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask told ESPNBoston and other outlets Wednesday that his recovery from an abdominal strain/groin strain is going well and that he hopes to be ready for the postseason.

“I want to be back as soon as possible,” Rask said. “The playoffs was, and is, the goal.”

Rask said that he hopes to return to the ice at some point next week, with him hopefully being ready for game action following the soon after. The B’s will play their last game of the regular season next Saturday against the Sabres.

“It’s tough to speculate,” Rask said. “You never know. We’ll see how it goes. Maybe I’ll hit the ice next week if everything goes good and go from there.”

Rask leads the Bruins with a 2.05 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. He had an 11-8-3 record with three shutouts in 23 games before suffering his injury against the Islanders on March 3.

If Rask is not ready in time for the first round of the playoffs, the B’s would likely go with Providence starter Anton Khudobin as the backup to Tim Thomas. The Bruins signed veteran goaltender Marty Turco following the injury to Rask, but Turco would not be eligible for postseason play because he was signed after the trade deadline.

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