After a dominant Game one win by the Boston Bruins against the Islanders, they found themselves locked in an overtime thriller in Game 2. After the Bruins came back from down 3-1 to force OT, the Islanders ended up prevailing on a breakaway goal by Casey Cizikas.
Casey Cizikas wins it!
— Kliff’s Bedroom (@KliffsBedroom) June 1, 2021
In a somewhat surprising move, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy had some critical comments about the performance of goaltender Tuukka Rask during Game 2.
Cassidy: "Tuukka didn't track pucks as well tonight, but [NYI] got some bounces. Sometimes you gotta be fortunate in this game. As far as Tuukka goes, they scored on a breakaway and were one save better than us."
— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) June 1, 2021
Fans were less than pleased with the assessment from Cassidy
I can’t even imagine calling out Tuukka for this loss. He was the only reason they got as far as they did.
— Jacob P. (@JacobLaFreniere) June 1, 2021
It’s not too bad but it feels like he’s kind of putting this on on Rask when I feel like he bailed us out all night 😂. I just wouldn’t have expect Rask to get called out after this game https://t.co/NllHhqrROJ
— Happily miserable (@six15eleven) June 1, 2021
Rask was a .933 5 on 5 tonight but the islanders were fortunate he wasn’t ‘tracking pucks’ as well…. https://t.co/2aSU3Frpmi
— john madonia (@NOTMYARENAu) June 1, 2021
hey bruce, you fucking IDIOT, that's how the islanders win games. MUCK. https://t.co/Fwnq5Y5o1i
— Ethan vs. NHL Insiders (@EthanGSN) June 1, 2021
This is a horrifyingly awful quote. Your guy gives up the puck to allow an uncontested breakaway and your blame your goalie ? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/hAfw5j1koP
— Birkin Bag Bousins (@TomfooleryGuy) June 1, 2021
Maybe Bruce Cassidy knows how to get the most out of Tuukka Rask, and that’s what this was all about. But to even slightly blame Tuukka for losing Game 2 is an absurd move.
This dude is a Stanley Cup champion, Vezina Trophy winner, and widely beloved by all Bostonians. Not only was Cassidy wrong to throw Tuukka Rask under the bus, but he had to know it was going to be an unpopular quote for his fan base.
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