The Boston Bruins will face the New York Islanders in the second round of the Stanley Cup.
New York, the No.4 seed, knocked out the No.1 seed from the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 5-3 win in Game 6 of Wednesday’s Best-7 series.
“They have a very good defensive team with some big [defensemen], “Boston forward David pastrnak mentionned. “Good in [the defensive] zone and good on the transition game. Really good on the foredeck. So it’s definitely going to be a great game. “
The schedule for the second round has not been announced.
“Rest is important,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Sunday after the 3-1 win over the Capitals in Game 5. “I think we’re a veteran enough group, especially if you feel like you’re there for the long haul, and we think we’re a very good hockey team getting better. “
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Pastrnak leads the Bruins with six points (two goals, four assists) in the playoffs, and Charlie McAvoy has five passes. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each scored three goals. Tuukka Rask is 4-1 with a 1.81 goals-against average and .941 save percentage.
Anthony Beauvillier (three goals, four assists) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (one goal, six assists) lead the Islanders with seven points apiece in the playoffs. Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey each scored six points on three goals and three assists. Rookie Guardian Ilya Sorokin got all four wins with a GAA of 1.95 and save percentage of 0.945. Semyon Varlamov lost both of her starts with an GAA of 3.61 and a save percentage of 0.903.
“We are enjoying this victory at the moment”, the New York forward Rabbit Travis mentionned. “I’m sure in a day or two we’ll be ready to face Boston. Obviously, they play good hockey. They beat a very good team, we beat a very good team. another fun series to participate in. “
The Bruins are 3-3-2 against the Islanders this season. Marchand (four goals, three assists) and Pastrnak (two goals, five assists) led Boston with seven points each. Rask was 2-2-0 with a GAA of 1.86 and save percentage of 0.925, Jeremy Swayman made 25 saves in a 3-0 win on April 16, and Jaroslav Halak was 0-1-2 with a GAA of 4.36 and a save percentage of 0.859.
“Obviously the Islanders are playing a less open system than Pittsburgh so maybe a little more similar to our style where they always want to score, but they’re going to be a little tighter and are comfortable in these 1 games. -1, ”Cassidy mentioned. “… The Islanders are a little heavier and harder to get him in. “
Pageau led New York with eight points (five goals, three assists) against Boston, and Mathew Barzal scored seven points (three goals, four assists). Varlamov was 5-1-0 with an GAA of 1.93 and a saving percentage of 0.943, and Sorokin was 0-1-1 with an GAA of 2.23 and a saving percentage. of 0.921.
This is the third playoff series between the Bruins and the Islanders. New York won the first two, the last being the Wales Conference Final in 1983.
“We’re in training right now to get our legs under us, to work on our games…” said Cassidy. “So you have your hands full. I think that division when you went to the playoffs all four teams were in that category so there wouldn’t be an easy series. “
Boston qualified for the second round for a fourth straight season. He lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round last season.
New York lost the Eastern Conference final to Tampa Bay last season.
NHL.com staff editors Amalie Benjamin and Brian Compton contributed to this report