Rask set to play for Bruins in Game 3 against Islanders
Tuukka Rask should be available to play for the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the second round of the Stanley Cup against the New York Islanders, but the goaltender suffers from injuries, coach Bruce Cassidy said.
“They are harassing. Not just for Tuukka for this position,” Cassidy said Thursday. “… And at the moment, I don’t think there is any reason to believe that he won’t be ready to leave on Thursday.” So that’s where we are with Tuukka.
Rask appeared to move cautiously, especially in the second period, in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders in Game 2 on Monday. He made 35 saves.
The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1. Game 3 is at the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS).
Rask has missed a lot of time with injury this season. After holding back at the end of a game against the New Jersey Devils on March 7, he missed six games. He returned for a spell against the Islanders on March 25, then missed 11 more games.
In his last nine regular season starts, Rask was 7-1-0 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. In seven playoff starts in the Stanley Cup, he is 5-2 with a GAA of 2.06 and save percentage of 0.930.
“Today is a day off for everyone, get away from the rink,” Cassidy said. “If you need treatment, come on in. I’ll have a better update on whether there’s going to be a potential problem down the road. But for now, [Rask will] come in and get her treatment. Be ready to go tomorrow, I guess, unless I hear differently.
The Bruins and Islanders have two days off before Game 3.
Cassidy lightly criticized Rask’s performance in Game 2, saying after the game, “I just didn’t think he was following the pucks tonight as well.”
Bruins have two options if Rask can’t play for a rookie Jeremy swayman ahead of the veteran Jaroslav halak on the regular season stretch. Swayman made his NHL debut on April 6 and went 7-3-0 with an average of 1.50 and a save percentage of .945. Halak, who missed the time with COVID-19 in April, was 9-6-4 with an GAA of 2.53 and a save percentage of 0.905.
“As for [Rask’s] injury, I don’t think there will be anything to worry about, “Cassidy said.” If there is, then obviously we will have to sort it out. “