You want the truth? I think the Bruins have resigned themselves to the fact that they don’t have the goaltending. Whether a focused, committed Tuukka Rask would have made a difference is anybody’s guess, of course, but that’s the worst part. We’ll never know.
If Rask’s absence was unavoidable – and by all accounts, it seems directly or tangentially related to the pandemic – Pastrnak’s might have been. He has a physical injury, after all, and one can’t help but wonder if it has been the direct result of poor preparation. Don’t forget that Pastrnak was late to report for the start of training camp and then had to be quarantined, something which even Bruins president Cam Neely openly questioned.