The Boston Bruins will be looking to avoid elimination from the playoffs when they travel to Long Island for Game 6 of Wednesday’s second-round series against the New York Islanders.
By the end of Tuesday afternoon, Boston coach Bruce Cassidy wasn’t sure who was going to start aiming.
According to Amalie Benjamin from the league’s website, Cassidy told reporters that initial guard Tuukka Rask is being questioned for Game 6 because of what the coach referred to as “annoying” prejudices.
“He’s going to receive his treatment and we’re going to find out tomorrow how he is and whether he’s able to go or not,” Cassidy explains of Rask’s availability.
Rask, 34, had dealt with a back problem since a game against the New Jersey Devils on March 7 but appeared to be back in training during the first-round triumph over the Washington Capitals. However, he was ruled out of the game’s home loss on Monday 5 in New York after conceding four goals on 16 shots. Rookie Jeremy Swayman, 22, replaced Rask Monday and is next on the depth chart.
“He always has to be ready,” Cassidy of Swayman said. “It’s No. 2.”
Swayman signed two of three shots in his playoff debut Monday night.