Tuukka Rask is ready to go.
The Boston Bruins goalkeeper will be back in the tubes for Game 6 on Wednesday against the New York Islanders, head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed.
Rask’s availability was questioned after he came out of Monday’s Game 5 loss before the third period with an unspecified injury. Rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman completed, stopping two of three shots.
Rask hasn’t been 100% healthy for most of the 2020-21 season. He missed about a month earlier this season due to a suspected back injury. When he returned for a game against the Islanders in March, he suffered an upper body injury and lost even more time.
The 34-year-old also admitted last month that his health is not as good as he would like it to be, and Cassidy said earlier in the playoffs that his goalkeeper is not 100%.
Game 6 on Wednesday is a life or death for Boston. If the Bruins win, Game 7 will be Friday night at TD Garden. If they lose, the islanders will advance to the next round.
Rask is in the final year of his eight-year, $ 56 million contract with the Bruins. Contract negotiations with Boston management have yet to begin, but the two sides plan to work on something during the offseason.
The native of Finland has said wants to stay in boston and has no intention of playing anywhere else.