What Bruce Cassidy thinks about Tuukka Rask, Jaro Halak and the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Matt Kalman
March 27, 2019 - 1:10 pm

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is heading into his third Stanley Cup playoffs run with the Bruins with Tuukka Rask as his No. 1 goaltender.

After the Bruins’ morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena on Wednesday morning in preparation for their night game against the New York Rangers, Cassidy was asked what he thinks of Rask as a postseason go-to netminder.

“Well I’m not a detractor. I think he’s been a real good goalie for the Bruins,” Cassidy said. “Played well last year against Tampa. Toronto was a little more of a run-and-gun series. I think both goalies had their moments where they’re fishing pucks out of the net. But at the end of the day, we’re confident in him.

“We’re fortunate we’ve got Jaro [Halak] too. Terrific numbers, he’s got a playoff resume, so we’ve got two to pick from if something injury- or performance-related, we can go to the next guy.”

In 65 postseason games, Rask has .924 save percentage and 2.25 goals-against average. He had an .899 save percentage in the seven-game win against Toronto in the first round last year, but had a .907 in the five-game, second-round loss to Tampa Bay.

Halak has a .924 save percentage 2.39 GAA in 30 career playoff game, none since 2015.

Cassidy didn’t sound like a coach that will be hesitant to use both his goaltenders in the playoffs.

“But Tuukka I assume will be our No. 1 going into the playoffs or our Game 1 starter. But between now and then we’ll sort that out,” he said.

Cassidy also said Halak would start Wednesday against the Rangers and Sunday at the Detroit Red Wings. Rask will start Saturday against the Florida Panthers and then two of the final three games of the regular season.

The Stanley Cup playoffs start April 10, and the Bruins are pretty much already locked into a first-round rematch with the Maple Leafs.

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