A six-day layoff between matches did nothing to impede the Boston Bruins and David Pastrnak.
“I believe our guys responded well. They are a veteran-enough set to comprehend what is at stake,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We figured there would be a small bit of the conflicts, the jostling, getting bumped beneath the goal traces both offensively and defensively, that might require a little getting used to .”
There was lots of jostling, bumping and a few all-out hitting since the Boston-New York competition returned into the postseason again. It was extra special in Boston on Saturday, when Massachusetts raised COVID-19 limitations and capability limitations, and TD Garden was open for fans to pack the home — as they used to.
The Bruins, who had not played as clinching their first round series against Washington last Sunday, soaked up the power kept up the speed during all three phases, outshooting the Islanders 40-22 and taking a 1-0 lead to the best-of-7 series.
“That was clearly a little pleasure,” Pastrnak explained. “Outstanding to possess back the fans. You might feel the energy this morning. We were excited.”
Tuukka Rask ended with 20 saves as the Bruins maintained all the activity in the opposite end of the ice, outshooting the Islanders 40-22.
Rask did not let anything beyond him following Adam Pelech’s purpose for the Islanders 12:34 to the second period tied it at two. It had been one of just four shots in the time for the Islanders, who had been enjoying before a rowdy bunch of fans that packed TD Garden for the first time in over a year.
“The energy, the air was all we expected and much more. “I believe you love it even more if the lovers kind of are removed in the game a bit for quite a while and you need to play .”
“We have got to question them a bit longer,” New York coach Barry Trotz said. They are going to make plays you.”
Trotz explained the shot discrepancy might have been somewhat misleading. The score was tied at two after two phases, thanks in big part to Sorokin.
The rookie goalie stopped Pastrnak double on one-timers from in the first phase, but could not hold off the Bruins’ sharpshooter because he obtained his second career playoff hat trick.
Pastrnak, whose initial postseason hat trick came three decades back in Game two of this opening round against Toronto, scored his third Saturday after weaving throughout the Islanders zone and ripping a wrist shot past Sorokin 14:10 to the next phase.
The hats started flying from all degrees of this stadium, which captured loud enough to shake within the couple of minutes it took to clean the ice as elated Boston lovers celebrated being back within the stadium and another success by the Bruins.
“It felt fantastic. Evidently, it was fine to observe hats,” Pastrnak explained.
Pastrnak’s purpose and an empty-netter by Hall at the last moment triggered a few anti-New York chants and a couple of rounds of”We Want The Cup!”
… Boston F Craig Smith went outside with a lower body injury and didn’t come back to the seat for the next phase. Cassidy said Smith will be assessed Sunday. … Bruins D Matt Grzelcyk hobbled to the bench after being steered by Leo Komarov at the corner at the next period. Grzelcyk was slow to catch up and skated off throughout the following line shift, but he returned soon afterwards.