The Boston Bruins will attempt to avoid elimination from the playoffs when they travel to Long Island for Wednesday’s Game 6 of the second-round series at the New York Islanders.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, Boston coach Bruce Cassidy wasn’t sure who would start in goal.
According to Amalie Benjamin of the league’s website, Cassidy told reporters that starting goaltender Tuukka Rask is questionable for Game 6 due to what the coach referred to as “nagging” injury setbacks.
“He’ll get his treatment and we’ll find out tomorrow how he is and if he’s able to go or not,” Cassidy explained about Rask’s availability.
Rask, 34, has reportedly been dealing with a back issue since a game against the New Jersey Devils on March 7 but seemed to return to form during the first-round triumph over the Washington Capitals. However, he was pulled from Monday’s Game 5 home loss to New York after he surrendered four goals on 16 shots. Rookie Jeremy Swayman, 22, replaced Rask on Monday and is next on the depth chart.
“He’s always got to be ready,” Cassidy said of Swayman. “He’s the No. 2.”
Swayman stopped two of three shots in his playoff debut Monday night.