Rask participates in full practice

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins backup goaltender Tuukka Rask participated in the team’s full practice Monday morning at Ristuccia Arena, and though he was a little cautious, he said he felt good afterward.

Rask has been sidelined since March 3 after he suffered a groin/abdominal injury and only returned to the ice last week. If Rask is not ready for the first-round matchup against the Washington Capitals, the Bruins have Anton Khodobin to fill that backup role.

Rask was on the ice approximately 30 minutes before the start of practice and was working with goaltender coach Bob Essensa, along with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides.

“Good,” Rask said, when asked how he felt. “It was good to get back on the ice with the guys and stop some shots.”

He explained that he was able to do “pretty much everything” and admitted the last five-plus weeks have been very difficult not being able to help the team.