A five-overtime contest and a rescheduled playoff matchup might have forced Bruce Cassidy into a uncomfortable predicament when it comes to his goaltending corps, but the B's bench boss isn't going to follow through with a subsequent unorthodox gameplan for Game 2 against Carolina Thursday night.
Even though Boston has the luxury of Jaroslav Halak as a backup option in net, the Bruins are going to roll with Tuukka Rask once again on Thursday — even if their top goalie played on Wednesday morning in Boston's Game 1 victory in double overtime.
Given Boston's suddenly packed schedule (a possible six games in nine days vs. Carolina), along with Rask's less-than-stellar track record in games with zero days of rest, the case could have made that Halak should have earned the start on Thursday night.
Rask has only appeared in games on consecutive days once since Halak signed with Boston in 2018, with Rask allowing two goals on 19 shots in a loss to the Red Wings back on Feb. 9th, 2020 on the second leg of that back-to-back stretch. In fact, the last time Rask was asked to play on zero days rest more than once in a single campaign was