Bruins Vs Islanders

If you want to second-guess the Boston Bruins after their second-round Stanley Cup Playoff exit, you could start in net.

Head coach Bruce Cassidy started Tuukka Rask in every game of Boston's series against the New York Islanders despite the goaltender battling what was later revealed as a torn labrum in his hip. Even after pulling Rask following two periods of Game 5 in favor of rookie Jeremy Swayman, Cassidy went back to Rask in Game 6, where he allowed four goals on 27 shots in the Bruins' season-ending loss.

Cassidy explained what went into the decisions to pull Rask in Game 5 and start him in Game 6 over Swayman, who had played well during the regular season.

"We were never going to run out a player who wasn't fit to play," Cassidy said Monday in a video press conference. "(Rask) regularly told us he was ready to go. In Game 5 going into the second period I thought he didn't look as sharp. (Bruins goaltending coach) Bob (Essensa) talked to him, he said he was lacking some energy, so we said, 'We'll go with Swayman in the third, and then we'll sort out Game 6.' "

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After Swayman allowed one goal on three shots in Boston's Game 5 loss, Cassidy checked in with Rask, who told his head coach he was "feeling better" and good enough to play. That was enough for Cassidy to stick with his veteran.

Source : https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/bruins/bruins-bruce-cassidy-explains-decision-play-tuukka-rask-despite-injury

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