The Boston Garden was in turmoil tonight for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Bruins and the Islanders. A sea of black and gold was in a frenzy of hockey fans before the puck was dropped. When Bruin winger David Pastrnak scored less than 90 seconds into the game, the roof nearly exploded. For most of the first period, it seemed like the Bruins were in full control.
However, towards the end of the first period, Islanders center Matt Barzal scored the first of New York’s 3 power play goals that night. Kyle Palmeri and Jordan Eberle had the other two PPGs but the goal was not the story of this series. The history of this series has been physical play. It hasn’t been a dirty show, but it’s an old time to check the dust.
The goalies were phenomenal. Bruins goaltender Tuuka Rask has been amazing. He was retired in the third period tonight after allowing the Islanders 3 power play goals. Tuuka will surely be between the pipes on Wednesday. In the other net, Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlomov, who has been excellent against the Bruins all year, was nothing short of spectacular for the angler, after watching teammate Illya Sorokin spending most of the ice time in front. the net in the first round of the Penguins series.
Andrew Gross, who covers the Islanders for Newsday, will join the Drive with Charlie and Dan on Tuesday afternoon, as they preview Game 6 at the Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday night. Can the Islanders continue to dream of “another Stanley Cup lifted in the barn”? We will see but the road is long. One thing’s for sure, Islanders head coach Barry Trotz doesn’t want his team playing Game 7 in Boston.