NHL Playoffs: Bruins coach sounds off on Saint Islanders, Canadiens sweep Jets, and more

Bruce Cassidy
Jun 7, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy talks with his players during a timeout in the third period of game five of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Islanders at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Palmieri, Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle all scored in the Islanders’ three-goal second period to help visiting New York beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 in Game 5 of their East Division second-round series on Monday night.

Bruins coach sounds off on Saint Islanders

New York went 3-for-4 on the power play on Monday, including Barzal’s goal with 1:11 left in the opening period to tie it at 1-1. Barzal skated into the right circle and wristed the puck through a tight window high to Rask’s glove side.

“I think they sell a narrative over there that’s more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said via NESN. “They play hard and they play the right way, but I feel we’re the same way. The calls, the exact calls, that are getting called on us do not get called on them.”

“You’ll have to ask him about that,” Trotz responded to Cassidy’s Saints comment. “I know that, just look at where we ended up during the year, I think we were one of the least penalized teams in the whole league. So, I don’t know what he means by that. You’ll have to ask him.”

Mat Barzal and Brock Nelson also scored and Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves for the Islanders, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 heading into Game 6 at New York on Wednesday night.

Canadiens sweep Jets

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Tyler Toffoli scored at 1:39 of overtime and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the visiting Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Monday night to complete a four-game sweep of their second-round North Division playoff series.

Toffoli scored his fourth goal of the playoffs after Cole Caufield made the pass to the front of the goal. Toffoli added an assist and has 10 points in the playoffs.

“I think that’s definitely one of the bigger ones,” Toffoli said about the significance of his goal. “It’s fun right now. We’re doing a good job, and it just kind of feels like we’re all kind of playing as one.”


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