- James Murphy, Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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BOSTON -- Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask addressed the media before Saturday's game against the Capitals for the first time since suffering an abdomen/groin strain a week ago, affirming he likely will be out close to six weeks but that he is hopeful he can return by the playoffs.
"You hope so right?" Rask said when asked if he could return for the postseason. "You just have to go by the week, by the day, with these injuries.
"Peter and the doctors talked -- probably closer to six weeks than four," Rask said of Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. "That would be right around the playoff time and I think we're going to shoot for that and hopefully it's better by that time."
Rask, who said he is feeling better, said he knew immediately it was a serious injury.
"Well, you can see from the replay I shook my glove off and felt down in my groin area and I knew people were saying it was my knee right after -- and it looked like that -- but I heard it snap in there and I knew right away it was pretty serious," he said.
Rask seemed to be in positive spirits Saturday, and while he said he has never been out of the lineup this long during the season, he is remaining upbeat and will do his best to heal while supporting his teammates.
"I was happy that I hopefully don't have to go through surgery, and that's pretty much it. Four to six weeks the doctor said -- that's pretty tough, but the main thing is to get better and get ready for the playoffs," Rask said.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask addressed the media before Saturday's game against the Capitals for the first time since suffering an abdomen/groin strain a week ago, reaffirming he is hopeful he can return by the playoffs.