Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been healthy enough to play, but he’s also playing through a lingering injury. Head coach Bruce Cassidy, however, believes Rask will still be ready to start Game 3 against the New York Islanders on Thursday at Nassau Coliseum.
Cassidy offered a transparent update on Rask and his apparent injury when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday morning. Rask is expected to go to the team facilities on Tuesday for treatment and be back in goal for the Bruins in Game 3.
“He’s been dealing with some injures all year,” Cassidy said. “Obviously good enough to play. They’re nagging, not unique to just Tuukka, for that position. Obviously it’s going to be brought up. Today’s an off day for everybody, get away from the rink, if you need treatment, get in. I’ll have a better update on if there’s going to be a potential issue down the road, but for now, he’s going to go in and get his treatment, be ready to go [Wednesday], I assume, unless I hear differently. Right now, I don’t believe there’s any reason to think he won’t be ready to go [in Game 3], so that’s where we’re at with Tuukka.
“I don’t believe there will be anything to worry about. If there is, then obviously we’ll have to sort through that.”
Rask made 35 saves Monday night in Game 2, including 28-of-30 (.933) at 5-on-5. Cassidy said after the game that the Islanders were “one save better” with Semyon Varlamov, who made a big stop on Taylor Hall in overtime, and that Rask had trouble tracking pucks. But it sounds unlikely that Rask has enough of an injury concern to miss the start in Game 3.
Ty Anderson and I discussed Rask’s performance in Game 2, and why we tend to disagree with Cassidy’s assessment, in our postgame podcast. You can listen to the full show below.
The Bruins and Islanders get back to action in Game 3 on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum. Puck drop is expected around 7:30 p.m. You can hear the call of the game on 98.5 The Sports Hub, starting with pregame at 7.
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