Rask pulled from Game 5 for Bruins against Islanders


Tuukka Rask was replaced by rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman for the Boston Bruins to start the third period in a 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Second Round at TD Garden in Boston on Monday.

Rask allowed four goals on 16 shots.

The Islanders, who led 4-2 to start the third period, took the lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 6 is at New York on Wednesday.

Rask was pulled for the second time in 103 starts in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The other time was in Game 5 of the 2018 Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Maple Leafs when he allowed four goals on 13 shots in 31:55 in a 4-3 loss.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said after Rask made 35 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders in Game 2 on May 31 that the 34-year-old was playing through “nagging” injuries. Rask was 6-3 with a 1.94 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in nine games in the playoffs entering Game 5.

Swayman made his NHL playoff debut. The 22-year-old was 7-3-0 with a 1.50 GAA, a .945 save percentage and two shutouts in 10 regular-season games to supplant veteran Jaroslav Halak as the Bruins backup.

Swayman had not played since allowing two goals on 32 shots in a 2-1 loss in Boston’s regular-season finale at the Washington Capitals on May 11.

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