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Rask hoping to return to Bruins lineup next week

Tuukka Rask

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, of Finland, watches the game-winning goal bounce out of the net by Buffalo Sabres’ Derek Roy, not shown, after a shootout in an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. The Sabres won 2-1. (AP Photo/David Duprey)


Could Marty Turco’s time as a Boston Bruin soon be up?

Quite possibly, according to’s Joe Haggerty.

Haggerty spoke with injured Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask on Wednesday and learned the 22-year-old is eying a return to the lineup.

“I’d like to get in a game before season is over,” Rask said. “But to be ready for playoffs is the goal.”

Rask hasn’t played since Mar. 3 after suffering a groin/abdomen injury in a 3-2 loss to the Islanders. The injury was supposed to sideline him for 4-6 weeks, which forced Boston to sign Turco out of the Austrian League.

It’ll be interesting to see how Boston handles Rask’s return. The Bruins have six games remaining (they play every second night starting on Thursday) and have made no secret of their desire to rest Tim Thomas down the stretch.

Turco could be a viable option in the near future -- after looking shaky in his first two appearances, he was solid in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Anaheim -- but since Rask has to be the backup in the playoffs (Turco is postseason ineligible), he’ll need at least one game of work, possibly more.

Rask stated he wants back on the ice next week barring any unforeseen issues, meaning he could be ready to go for Boston’s final three games of the year against Pittsburgh, Ottawa and Buffalo.