TORONTO – For anyone who thought Tuukka Rask would not be the starting goaltender for the Bruins in Game 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Air Canada Centre, you should have your head checked.
“Ready to roll,” said Bruce Cassidy, when asked about Rask for Game 6.
Rask had an opportunity to help end this series in Game 5 but he wasn’t sharp and Cassidy made a goalie change after the Maple Leafs gained a 4-1 lead in the second period. Rask sprinted down the tunnel and who knows how much shrapnel was left in the hallway afterward, but he quickly returned to the bench to watch the Bruins nearly mount a comeback before losing by one goal.
“In Game 3, he was average and he came back with a very good game in Game 4 in Toronto,” Cassidy said. “Clearly we need that going into (Game 6). We’ve revisited it a million times and I will say (Game 5), I didn’t think he was at his best and we made a move accordingly. Our team wasn’t at its best defending in front of him, in terms of killing rushes. We allowed too much space and that went hand in hand and in (Game 6) we need to be better in both those areas.”
Let’s take a look back at Rask’s postseason experiences in series-clinching scenarios: