LOWELL, Mass. — When the Bruins get to training camp next month, No. 1 goaltender Tim Thomas will be met by a challenge from a healthier Tuukka Rask.
Before playing in Milan Lucic’s charity softball game at LeLacheur Park tonight, Rask said he’s feeling well after having his left knee scoped earlier this summer to repair an injury he suffered in January. He expects to be ready to give Thomas a run for his job when camp opens.
“It actually happened in January, I tweaked it, but it didn’t stop me from playing or practicing,” said Rask, who noted he expects to get back on the ice in the next week or so. “It was just something that we saw that was better to fix, because it would have bugged [me] in the future at some point, so it was just a minor fix-up, but the recovery was a few weeks.”
Rask said he wore a pad to prevent uncomfortable movements after he was injured. He also noted that he had a similar procedure on his right knee about four years ago, so he knows how to deal with it and get back into form.
After a delayed start to his offseason routine, Rask started getting back into the flow. He enjoyed his day with the Stanley Cup in Finland and is now back in North America looking to make his third NHL season better than his sophomore year, when his stats dropped off a bit from his impressive rookie campaign.
“I mean, anything can happen, right?” Rask said about what he’s learned through his first two NHL seasons. “And you’ve just got to go day-by-day and no matter what, be a great teammate, because even if you’re playing or you’re not playing, you’ve still got to support the guys and be a part of the group, so that was the really big thing I learned the past two years.”