The Boston Bruins played a very good opening road period against the New York Islanders at a raucous Nassau Coliseum during Game 3 on Thursday night, but the solid moves for the Black and Gold started even before the opening puck was dropped. David Pastrnak set a relaxed, perfect tone prior to a massive Game 3 for the Bruins with a big-hearted, classy move giving one of his sticks to a young Islanders fan that was heckling him during pregame warm-ups.
The video is great of a young Isles fan yelling “no” at the Bruins top game-breaker and wagging his fingers Dikembe Mutombo style at Pastrnak while he was waiting during pregame line rushes. Cut to the end of warm-ups and Pastrnak made certain to hand his warm-up stick to that very same passionate Islanders fan that hounded him as he was heading off the Nassau Coliseum ice to get ready for the game.
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— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) June 4, 2021
It’s the kind of action prior to a big Stanley Cup playoff game that A) shows you how loose the Boston Bruins are in these playoffs B) makes you appreciate what a good-hearted guy Pastrnak is and C) shows exactly how you turn a young kid into a lifelong hockey and David Pastrnak fan that will cherish that moment forever.
So good on the 25-year-old Pastrnak for a perfect hockey moment, and good on both Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, who are renowned for giving away pucks and sticks to opposing fans in pregame warm-ups at road arenas on a regular basis.
Certainly, it might be easier for Pastrnak to relax now that he’s got five goals and 10 points in seven playoff games for the Boston Bruins, and has been the exact same dominant player during the postseason that he was during the regular season.