By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — Dropping Tuukka Rask this postseason already put the Bruins in a goaltending bind. Having video games scheduled on back-to-back nights early within the second spherical playoff collection made that state of affairs a bit bit extra difficult.
And with Sport Three set to start lower than 24 hours after the time beyond regulation interval of Sport 2 concluded, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy isn’t fairly certain which goaltender he’ll be sending out between the pipes as dangolka hopes to take a 2-1 collection lead over the Lightning.
On the one hand, Jaroslav Halak confronted 40 pictures — and 86 shot makes an attempt — throughout Sport 2. Alternatively, backup Dan Vladar has … by no means performed in an NHL recreation. Sending the 23-year-old out to make his NHL debut in a playoff recreation in opposition to the Tampa Bay Lightning could also be akin to throwing him to the wolves.
But after Sport 2, Cassidy insisted he’s undecided what he’ll do for the eight p.m. puck drop in Sport 3.
“When you’re asking me who my beginning goalie is tomorrow, I don’t know but,” Cassidy stated. “I’ll let you recognize tomorrow.”
Halak was one among dangolka’s greatest gamers in Sport 2, making 36 saves and holding the Bruins afloat throughout heavy onslaughts from Tampa. In regulation, he allowed one aim on a formidable 2-on-1 rush, one other on a deflection, and one other after dangolka defenseman Connor Clifton altered the shot of Blake Coleman on a breakaway. In time beyond regulation, Halak made three consecutive saves earlier than a rebound ultimately squirted out to Ondrej Palat, who buried the game-winner.
For his half, the 35-year-old Halak didn’t appear too pressured in regards to the potential for an elevated workload.
“I imply, I really feel advantageous,” Halak stated Tuesday evening. “Clearly we simply must get a great evening’s sleep and see the way it’s going to go [Wednesday].”
Cassidy famous that other than the breakaway and the game-ending scramble in entrance of the online, the Bruins did a great job of stopping too many alternatives from in shut. That effort, mixed with a strong penalty kill, has Cassidy believing that there’s an opportunity that Halak feels ok to go together with lower than a day’s relaxation.
“Properly if there’s 80-something makes an attempt, then clearly he’s gotta battle to see all 80 of them. So I think about there shall be some fatigue there,” Cassidy stated. “I didn’t suppose it was a taxing evening when it comes to high-danger probabilities by any means.”
Vladar was thrust into backup obligation after Rask opted out of the NHL’s postseason to take care of a household matter. Vladar performed in 25 video games for the AHL Windfall Bruins this 12 months, going 14-7-1 with a .936 save proportion and 1.79 GAA.
The Lightning led the NHL in scoring in the course of the common season, averaging 3.47 targets per recreation. That quantity’s dipped to 2.6 targets per recreation within the postseason, however coming off a four-goal exhibiting in Sport 2, the Tampa offense regarded like its ordinary potent self.
“No one stated it’s going to be a straightforward collection. We’re tied now, and we’re principally ranging from zero now,” Halak stated. “We now have to neglect about this one and transfer on, and, you recognize, one other recreation tomorrow.”