Talking Points: Pastrnak's ill-timed penalty proves costly
Clarke MacArthur made the two biggest plays in the series in drawing a penalty call on David Pastrnak in overtime, and then going ahead and scoring the OT game-winner in Game 6 that eliminated the Bruins from the series. Both showed the veteran savvy you would expect from a guy on the Sens roster for his veteran leadership and guile as much as anything else. It wasn’t a dominant game by any means with a couple of shots on net and a couple of blocked shots in 17-plus minutes of ice time. But he showed up when it mattered most in smoking a one-timer off a pass from Bobby Ryan on the PP and then basking in a moment he probably dreamed about while sitting out most of the last two seasons for Ottawa with concussion problems. Not to mention it had to also feel good for a guy that was part of the 2013 Toronto team that gagged to this Bruins team back in Game 7 in this building.
No need to blame the entire playoff loss on him, but David Pastrnak certainly wasn’t all that great for a Bruins team that needed more out of him in an elimination playoff game on home ice. The interference call in overtime was most definitely a legitimate call with the 20-year-old hauling down Clarke MacArthur as both players tumbled to the ice, and essentially forced the refs to call something. That it was one of the few instances in the series where the right call was made speaks volumes about the officiating. But back to Pastrnak: After a stellar Game 5 effort that included a goal, he went back into his playoff shell with just a couple of shots on net and three giveaways in 23:34 of ice time above and beyond the ill-timed penalty. With an undermanned group the B’s needed more out of Pastrnak in Game 6 and they didn’t get it.
In general, the Bruins just didn’t have it in overtime like they did in the third period. The Bruins had the Senators on the run and outshot them 12-3 in the third period to tie up the game, but Ottawa got all six shots on net in the overtime session while dominating before finally burying the Bruins in the overtime session. Boston had their chances beyond the game-tying goal from Patrice Bergeron in the third period that provided the B’s with all their life, but they looked like they’d emptied the tank once the fourth overtime of the playoff series hit them on late Sunday afternoon.
Patrice Bergeron was damn good in defeat for the Black and Gold. He scored a game-tying goal in the third period while crashing the net for a rebound of a Brad Marchand shot, and finished with a plus-1 rating in 22:56 of ice time that included high quality minutes at both ends of the ice. He finished with two shots on net along with a hit and a blocked shot in a night that was a little bit light along the total box score, but Bergeron won 20-of-28 face-offs and dominated Derick Brassard after struggling to his standards for much of the series. It was a difficult assignment for Bergeron, Marchand Pastrnak knowing the entire Ottawa team was keying on them defensively, but they still came through in the third period before the OT did the whole team in.
BY THE NUMBERS
9 – the number of Bruins players (including key guys like David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy) in the lineup for Game 6 that entered this postseason without any Stanley Cup playoff experience.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“I think our lack of having some of the players we relied on earlier in the year did catch up to us. I think [Brandon] Carlo and [Adam] McQuaid are big time penalty killers for us. Played big minutes. And it was a couple of games there that they got to us on the PK, including today.” – Bruce Cassidy, on the injury list for the Bruins that felt like it really caught up to them in the eliminating Game 6 loss.