TORONTO — It wasn’t the most scintillating game the Boston Bruins have played. Nor was there a high level of intensity as the Bruins crept through their final warmup before Round One, Game 1 of the NHL playoffs, which begin on Tuesday or Wednesday, and David Pastrnak will be a vital piece of the Bruins are to follow through on their season full of promise.
The game Sunday as about work, more than a result. As Tuukka Rask dryly pointed out, the game only decided which locker room the Bruins would get at the practice facility. They drew the Carolina Hurricanes who seem to be full of playoff magic with a loss, or the gritty, well coach New York Islanders with a win, but that didn’t much mattter to the Bruins.
Here comes Carolina. Washington won, 2-1.
Shots and pace finally picked up later in the second period, but the Bruins top line with Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak picked their spots. That line will be a catalyst for any Bruins playoff success, so BHN followed Pastrnak to see his readiness for the games which really matter.
There were flashes of the Bruins machine coming to life, especially in the third period.