This right here sums the whole situation up for me. If the doctors and ATs say he can play and Rask wants to play, I am not sure that you can say no. With the info now that he's been playing with it the entire year, the training staff and Rask had formulated a plan to stay as healthy as he could and it worked. He had a really good year and was playing great in the playoffs until Game 5. Playing Swayman would not have prevented the turnovers they committed nor covered for the depleted back end. It's easy to blame Cassidy and/or Rask, but looking at the bigger picture the Bruins are squarely in purgatory: good enough to think they may make a deep playoff run but not good enough to actually do it.When Cassidy said "Tuukka is ready to go" he meant "Tuukka is ready to go".
Tuukka was clearly capable of playing Game 6, and he played fine. The defense gift wrapped 4 goals for them, 3 of which Tuukka had zero chance on (a save on the breakaway would have been nice). He's had a torn labrum literally all season and has played through it. So yes - he was ready to go.
The clamoring for a guy who's played 20 mins of playoff hockey and got beat on the first shot he faced is wild. You can second guess the decision but acting like it was a sin against humanity is just absurd. It was probably a 50/50 play and he went with the guy the whole team was behind and has been at worst the 2nd best goalie in recent franchise history (after Cheevers). I'm not going to kill Cassidy for it especially in a game they got so thoroughly outplayed otherwise.
Team loss, and well deserved.