Jim Montgomery calls out David Pastrnak After Bruins lose Game 6

Marvin Azrak
May 3, 2024  (8:41)

Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery
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After Boston's tough 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6, Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery had some strong words for star forward David Pastrnak.

Your best players need to be your best players this time of year.

He went on, pointing out that Brad Marchand had been stepping up but challenged Pastrnak to do the same.
Pasta has to step up. He needs to be a dominant player like he used to.
Pastrnak had a stellar regular season, putting up 47 goals and 110 points in 82 games. Yet in the playoffs, he hasn't been quite as sharp, with just two goals and four points in six games. And in the past couple of games, he's been held scoreless, which definitely isn't helping the Bruins' cause.
Meanwhile, Boston captain Brad Marchand might not have scored in the last two games either, but he's been a force throughout the series, netting three goals and dishing out five assists, including the game winning goals in Games 3 and 4.
Despite holding a 3-1 series lead, the Bruins have let the Leafs claw their way back, setting up a Game 7 showdown in Boston on Saturday. Montgomery didn't hold back his frustration, saying,
It's unacceptable, our start again. We've gotta find a way to start on time, and we've just got to be better.

But Marchand, ever the optimist, sees Game 7 as a chance for heroics.
These are the moments you dream about as a kid. Game 7. That's where heroes are built and made.
The stage is set for Saturday as we sit back and enjoy the best two words in sports, Game 7.