Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery.
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Montgomery unhappy with team's performances, calls out Pastrnak

Published May 3, 2024 at 7:38

The Boston Bruins had a second opportunity to eliminate the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday night, but much like Game 5, the team fell flat and didn't play well whatsoever.

On Thursday, the Toronto Maple Leafs tied the series up at three games a piece after William Nylander scored a pair of goals and Joseph Woll made 22 saves to secure the 2-1 win.

After the game, when meeting with reporters, Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery was not happy with how his team has played in the first period over the last couple of games. Boston's start to the last two games has been extremely poor and they've been outshot 23-3.

"It's unacceptable." Montgomery said when discussing Boston's first period performances in the last two games.

Montgomery also called out star forward David Pastrnak, who's been basically invisible in Games 5 and 6. Pastrnak hasn't recorded any points after having four in the first four games of the series and has eight shots on goal in the last two contests.

"Pasta needs to step up." Montgomery said regarding his star forward.

This year marks the fourth time the Bruins and Maple Leafs have played each other in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2013 and all of those series have gone to a Game 7. So far, Toronto is 0-3 in Game 7's since 2013 and an interesting trend has emerged, which was pointed out by @PuckReportNHL on X.

In 2013, the Boston Bruins were up 3-1 in the series against the Maple Leafs, who went on to tie the series by winning Games 5 and 6. Boston would go on to win the series in Game 7. In 2018, the exact same scenario happened and this year, you guessed it, the same thing is happening once again but the only question mark now is - who will win Game 7?

Game 7 between the Original Six rivals - Toronto and Boston - is set to get underway at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday night at TD Garden in what should be an very entertaining game.
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Montgomery unhappy with team's performances, calls out Pastrnak

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