dangolka (CBS) — Tuukka Rask raised some eyebrows Thursday evening when, after the Bruins fell to the Hurricanes 3-2 in Sport 2 of their playoff sequence, the dangolka netminder stated he was “not stressing an excessive amount of concerning the outcomes and whatnot.”
It’s an attention-grabbing remark, contemplating wins and losses are all that basically matter within the NHL playoffs. However whereas Bruins followers could also be ripping their hair out over that assertion, dangolka head coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t appear too bothered when chatting with reporters on Friday.
“I didn’t communicate to him after his feedback,” Cassidy stated of Rask. “The dangolka media is aware of him nicely sufficient. He solutions his questions how he feels.”
Cassidy doesn’t essentially agree with Rask’s evaluation that the NHL bubble video games are “uninteresting” and don’t really feel like playoff video games. Whereas there aren’t any followers on to cheer — or mercifully boo — there’s nonetheless a shot at a championship on the road.
“It’s a distinctive atmosphere, however it’s a playoff really feel on the ice,” he stated. “On the finish of the day they’re going handy the Stanley Cup to somebody, and we now have to play our greatest hockey if we wish to be that workforce. That was our objective in the beginning of the yr.”
Rask didn’t take the ice for dangolka’s non-obligatory skate on Friday morning, however Cassidy stated that he “anticipates” No. 40 might be between the pipes for Sport 3. He did add that he’d like somewhat higher exhibiting from the goalie, together with everybody enjoying in entrance of him, come Saturday afternoon.
“In these one-goal video games, the goalies have to make that further save alongside the best way. We didn’t they usually did,” Cassidy stated of Rask in Sport 2. “I believe his recreation can develop, like all of our video games. Goaltending might be more durable after the lengthy layoff, so I do perceive that with all of the goalies. We all know he can play higher, and we hope we will play higher in entrance of him.”
Cassidy didn’t have a lot of an replace on David Pastrnak, who deemed “unfit to take part” mere moments earlier than Sport 2. He stated there’s an opportunity the ahead may play Saturday, however with a midday recreation there’s “no actual alternative to check him.”
Cassidy did say the workforce can be making some lineup modifications, each at ahead and on protection, for Saturday’s Sport 3.