The TD Garden was rocking tonight as 17,400 die-hard fans celebrated the Boston Bruins winning Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round.
After a week of not playing competitively, the Bruins were more than ready to hit the ice. A Barry Trotz-led Islanders team knew they were heading into enemy territory and were met with familiar boos from Boston’s faithful. Lots of action from both ends of the ice as each team registered multiple scoring chances. Unfortunately, the Isles were first to get on the scoreboard when Anthony Beauvillier scored on the power-play. Charlie McAvoy was called on a hooking penalty against Brock Nelson.
Momentum was tipped in Boston’s favor as the B’s drew a HI-sticking penalty when Andy Greene caught Charlie Coyle up high. After hitting a bit of a slump, David Pastrnak did what he knows best; score goals. Pastrnak would net his first goal of the night, sending the puck past Ilya Sorokin, tying the game 1-1 to close out the first period.
The second period opened up with the Bruins continuing to control the momentum as the Islanders were fighting to regain the lead. The defense was a bit shaky at times however the B’s had no issues laying some hits along the boards. At 11:08, Pastrnak gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead scoring off a Patrice Bergeron rebound. Unfortunately, the Islanders Adam Pelech slapped one in from a Jordan Eberle one-timer, tying the game 2-2.
Heading into the third and final period, Boston had more control as they pushed full-steam ahead, limiting the Islanders’ scoring chances. Throughout the game, there were many spurts of frustration-namely from the Isles side. Six minutes into the period, Charlie McAvoy scored on a David Krejci one-timer through traffic past Sorokin, making it 3-2.
Feeding off the raucous crowd, the Bruins never looked back. Pastrnak would skate into the slot, scoring his third goal of the night and second career playoff hat trick. Bruins forward Craig Smith did not return to the game due to a lower-body injury sustained early in the third. With a little over a minute left to the game, Taylor Hall would score on an empty net, making the final score 5-2. Boston outshot the Islanders 40-22.
Tuukka Rask made 20 saves while Ilya Sorokin made 35 saves. This would be his first loss in five playoff starts. David Krejci had three assists for the night. Both teams return to TD Garden this Monday night.
GAME TWO, SECOND ROUND: Monday, May 31 at 7:30 pm ET. Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders
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