Bruins Head Coach Criticizes All-Star’s Playoff Performance

Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery criticized All-Star forward David Pastrnak for his performance after a 2-1 loss in Game 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, highlighting the team’s need for improvement going into Game 7, amidst struggles to maintain their lead in the playoff series.

Jim Montgomery, the Boston Bruins’ head coach, didn’t hold back. After a tough 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6, he pointed the finger at All-Star forward David Pastrnak. It’s a rarity, you know, for a coach to call out a player so openly. Especially after just giving props to another team member. But here we are, “Pasta” and the team are at a crunch point, facing a do-or-die Game 7 on Saturday night.

Brad Marchand, the team’s captain, has been on fire, racking up eight points in the first six games. That’s three goals and five assists if you’re counting. On the flip side, Pastrnak’s been in a bit of a slump. Despite being a four-time All-Star, he’s gone quiet in the last two games. Zero points. And those were crucial losses for the Bruins. Now, they’re teetering on the edge, potentially repeating last year’s first-round playoff exit after leading the series 3-1.

Remember last spring? The Bruins snagged the Presidents’ Trophy with the most regular-season points in the NHL. Montgomery’s first year looked like a dream with 65 wins and 135 points. But then, bam, they crashed out to the Florida Panthers in seven games. Déjà vu much?

Like a bad sequel, 2023’s playoff run is mirroring last year’s. Boston flubbed a potential clincher in Game 5 at home, then stumbled again in Game 6 on the road. Here they are, back at TD Garden for Game 7, teetering on the brink of another letdown. They kicked off this series with a bang, dominating Toronto 5-1 in the opener. But then Auston Matthews, with his game-winning magic, snatched Game 2 for the Maple Leafs. The Bruins did rally, snagging victories on the road in Games 3 and 4. Impressive, right?

Pastrnak’s been a workhorse, hitting the ice in all 82 regular-season games for the second straight year. He’s not just a player; he’s been the heart of the team, leading in goals (47), assists (63), and points (110). Yet, here we are, Game 7 looming, and everyone’s wondering if “Pasta” can find his spark again.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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