Just like every NHLer still playing today, Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is battling nagging injuries that tend to nag even more at this time of year but because it’s Tuukka Rask, it’s becoming a much bigger story than it needs to or should be!
On Tuesday, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that the injuries that kept Rask out of 32 games this past regular season are still nagging him.
“He’s been dealing with some injuries all year, obviously good enough to play. They’re nagging. It’s not unique to just Tuukka for that position, but obviously, it’s going to be brought up,” Cassidy told the media. “I’ll have a better update on if there were a potential issue down the road, but right now he’ll go get his treatment and be ready to go [Tuesday for practice] unless I hear differently. And right now, I don’t believe there’s any reason to think he won’t be able to go [for Game 3].”
Rask made 35 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders for the Boston Bruins in Game 2 and after saying Rask was ‘having trouble tracking pucks’ in his postgame Zoom call with the media Monday night, Cassidy also credited the Islanders, not any nagging injuries, for the Boston Bruins goalie not being his usual self when it comes to that.
“I thought they did a better job getting to the front of the net, crashing the top of his crease and I thought the second goal was a good example of that. They were rattling around and getting their sticks in there and that’s just playoff hockey. But as for his injury, I don’t think there’s anything there to worry about. If there is then we’ll obviously have to sort through that.”
Other than the white lies plenty of players tell us in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they say they’re ‘fine’ or perfectly healthy, if you can find medical proof of one single player still playing who isn’t dealing with a nagging injury, then I will send you a case of your favorite beer!
The clamoring for Cassidy to put in Jeremy Swayman for Game 3 is just another example of the brainwashed Tuukka Rask haters grasping for anything to get Rask out from between the pipes. I’ll give those delusional fans and media credit though, they’re persistent!
Now onto the rest of your BHN Daily Links!
With one of, if not the best veteran cores remaining in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Boston Bruins plan to draw on that experience and adjust accordingly for Game 3 against the New York Islanders. (BHN)
The Boston Bruins will have another 6:30 PM ET start in Game 5 at TD Garden on Monday night. (BHN)
Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk was fined the maximum $5,000 for cross-checking New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield late in the third period of Game 2. (BHN)
What do you say Boston Bruins fans? Are the B’s really just the sixth-best team left in the Stanley Cup Playoffs or better? (The Score)
Could former Boston College star forward and Yarmouth, Maine native Oliver Wahlstrom draw in for the New York Islanders Game 3? (NYI Hockey Now)
Did New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov get snubbed not being a Vezina Trophy finalist? (NYI Hockey Now)
Speaking of the Vezina Trophy nominations, it’s hard to believe that until this season, Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has never been nominated for the trophy. (Vegas Hockey Now)
Fellow 2021 Vezina nominee and Colorado Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer was in disbelief that he was nominated. (Colorado Hockey Now)
Why isn’t the fan bottle-throwing incident with Kyrie Irving more prevalent in the NHL? Former Boston Bruins goalie and NESN analyst Andrew Raycroft gives his take. (98.5 The Sports Hub)
The defending Stanley Cup Champions look ready to repeat! (Lightning Insider)
The NHL Draft Lottery is tonight and the expansion Seattle Kraken has the third-best shot to grab the top pick. (NHL)
Montreal Canadiens forwards Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher gave Auston Matthews, Mitche Marner and the Toronto Maple Leafs the Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron treatment and that’s why they’re playing the Winnipeg Jets in Game 1 of the second round tonight. (Montreal Gazette)
Speaking of Marner, would the Leafs actually consider trading the superstar forward? (Sportsnet)
For a league that has been promoting social equality and justice for the last year, the NHL has been very silent on the mass grave of the remains of 215 Indigenous children that were found on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. (TSN)