While in the regular season they maintained a strong record against their second-round playoff rivals, the New York Islanders won’t be able to take anything for granted in their streak against the Boston Bruins, and forward David Pastrnak has them. recalled in his own way, Saturday.
The co-holder of the Maurice Richard trophy in 2019-2020 has had an excellent streak. After scoring four points in the last two games of the duel against the Washington Capitals, the Czech continued his momentum by achieving a hat trick, allowing his team to win 5-2 in the opening of the second round.
With 62 points in 58 career postseason games, Pastrnak is answering the call at the right time. If he continues down this path, the Bruins should once again come a long way in the playoffs.
“Looks like he gets up every time he has to,” captain Patrice Bergeron told media, as reported by NHL.com. He’s one of those guys who brings that energy in, but likes to wake up a crowd. With the fans back in the stands, it looks like this evening was perfect for him. ”
“Obviously he has good feelings. He broke the ice late in the series against Washington. He had several scoring chances and it was only a matter of time. This line [completed by Bergeron and Brad Marchand] is really threatening, ”added head coach Bruce Cassidy.
The main party corroborated Bergeron’s statements. On Saturday, thanks to recent local state deconfinement measures, the Massachusetts organization welcomed 17,400 people, the best attendance in the National Hockey League so far this year.
“It’s a different sport when they’re in the building,” Pastrnak admitted. It really warms your heart and reminds you why you play the sport. It was great to see them again. Just getting on the ice for the warm-up was fun. They were our seventh player all night. It was a good job on their part. I really enjoyed it. “
So the Islanders will have some fixes to make if they want to defeat the Bruins, who have won their last five games. With 40 shots fired in the first matchup, Boston doesn’t seem to have been bothered by the Bettman Tour’s second-best defense in the regular season.
“Our talent showed up and our forwards were sensational. They had many chances. When we move like this, attack and call on each of us, it is possible to take control of the game, “said full-back Charlie McAvoy, praising his teammates who move up front.
The second meeting of the series will take place Monday evening on TVA Sports 2.