Tuukka Rask not on ice for Bruins' morning skate ahead of Game 5


The Boston Bruins' morning skate Monday didn't include their starting goaltender.

Tuukka Rask didn't participate in Boston's morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena ahead of the team's Game 5 matchup with the New York Islanders on Monday night, according to reporters at the rink. Rookie Jeremy Swayman and veteran Jaroslav Halak were both in net during the session.

Rask was first on the ice earlier in the morning and took shots from Trent Frederic and Karson Kuhlman prior to Monday's skate, per The Athletic's Fluto Shinzawa, so it's unclear why he missed the morning skate.

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Rask admitted prior to the series his health is "not as good as I want it to be." The 34-year-old goalie missed several weeks in March and April due to an upper-body injury, so it's possible that ailment hasn't fully healed.

The Bruins netminder has been excellent in the playoffs so far, posting a .935 save percentage through nine games and stopping 58 of his last 61 shots faced.

Head coach Bruce Cassidy didn't provide an update on Rask following morning skate, but the expectation is that he'll start Monday night in Game 5, which is set for 6:30 p.m. ET at TD Garden with the teams' second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series knotted at 2-2.

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