By Lenn Robbins
The Islanders did a fantastic job neutralizing one of the game’s all-time great players in their playoff series victory over the Penguins, shutting down Sidney Crosby.
Their first attempt at limiting one of the game’s great lines didn’t go as well.
Boston’s David Pastrnak posted a hat trick and Long Island native Charlie McAvoy scored what proved to be the game-winner as the Bruins beat the Islanders, 5-2, in Game1 of their second-round playoff series.
With the game tied, 2-2, going into the third, McAvoy beat Ilya Sorokin at 6:20 of the third. About nine minutes later, Pastrnak brought the hats flying from the stands in TD Garden.
Pastrnak, along with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, comprise what is known as the Perfection Line, and they validated that lofty moniker. The trio combined for 19 of Boston’s 40 shots. The Islanders only put 22 pucks on Tuukka Rask.
The Islanders knew they to contain that line and they failed to do so.
“They’ve got all the elements,’’ Islanders coach Barry Trotz told reporters Saturday morning. “Bergeron is one of the best two-way centermen [and has a] high hockey IQ; ‘Marchie’ gives them that little energy, but also that physical element, with a high skill level and intelligence, and Pastrnak, to me, is a little more of a pure shooter.”
Game 2 is Monday and the Islanders have to come up with a better plan against that trip if they expect to even the series.