The Boston Bruins removed goalie Tuukka Rask for the third period of Game 5 against the New York Islanders and replaced him with Jeremy Swayman.
The Islanders were leading 4-2 in the second intermission with Rask allowing four goals on 16 shots. The Islanders eventually won the game 5-4 to take a 3-2 series lead.
After the game, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said the decision to retire Rask was not related to performance.
“Some maintenance had to be done. It wasn’t 100 percent, ”Cassidy said, according to ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski. “He was not himself. He could have come back. We made the decision not to put it back. “
Rask he missed skateboarding on Monday morning and he has been dealing with an unknown ailment during the playoffs, but had not missed any playing time thus far.
“The game feels good. Health is fine, ”Rask said in an appearance on The Greg Hill Show ahead of the series. “I’ve been playing, so it’s okay. It is not as good as I would like, but obviously I have been playing and practicing. I’m out there That’s all that matters. “
Entering Monday night, Rask has posted a 6-3-0 record with an average of 1.94 goals against and a .935 save percentage during the 2020-21 postseason.
The Bruins also announced that forward Curtis Lazar suffered a lower body injury Monday and would not return to the game.
The Islanders can eliminate the Bruins with a home win in Game 6 on Wednesday. It’s unclear for now if Rask will be healthy enough to start with Boston.