The Bruins’ first-line right wing recorded his second career postseason hat trick with some goal-scorers goals and picked up where he left off in the Washington Capitals series as the Bruins drew first blood in their second-round series with the New York Islanders with a 5-2 Game 1 victory in front of a sold-out crowd.
After the Islanders grabbed a 1-0 lead, Pastrnak’s first goal with 23 seconds left in the first period tied the game. Collecting the puck, Pasta waited patiently for an opening and beat New York goalie Ilya Sorokin to even the score on the power play.
In the second period, Pastrnak gave the Black and Gold a 2-1 lead when he buried the rebound of a Patrice Bergeron shot for a 2-1 lead at 11:08.
The Isles tied the game in the second period at 2-2, but 6:20 into the third period, Boston defensemen Charlie McAvoy blew a slap shot by Sorokin for another Boston one-goal lead at 3-2 and that turned out to be the game-winning goal.
Pastrnak gave the Bruins some breathing room and completed his hat trick with 4:10 left in the game at 4-2 with a nasty wrist shot inside the left post.
Taylor Hall closed out the three-goal Boston third period with an empty-net goal. After starting slow in the first few minutes of the game with some turnovers that nearly cost them, the Bruins took control of the game and were the better team. They fired 40 shots at Sorokin, who left some juicy rebounds that the Bruins could have capitalized more on and will to as the series goes along.
Game 2 is Sunday night back at the full TD Garden as the Black and Gold look to double their series lead before it shifts to Long Island for Games 3 and 4.