BOSTON – As the series of the second round between the Islanders and Bruins gets worse on the ice in every game, the blows are transferred to the press conferences after the game.
After the Islanders’ 5-4 win over the Bruins at TD Garden on Monday night, a game in which the Islands took advantage of three of their four games, Boston head coach Bruce Cassidy had a few words to the visiting team.
“There is a very respected managerial and coaching staff,” Cassidy said. “But they sell a story there that they are New York saints rather than New Yorkers.”
As NHL referees continue to struggle to set a penalty for early in the game, Bruins apparently felt repulsed by the black and white stripes in Game 5. Boston was given only two chances for a human advantage, and David Pastrnak scored the second of the night. of one to become a two-goal game in the third period.
There were plenty of cross-checks during the series that the judges did not call, in addition to many relaxed actions after the whistle. As a result, the series is becoming more physical.
“You’re going to have to ask him about that,” Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said of Cassidy’s comments. “Just look where we went up during the year, we were one of the least punished teams in the whole league. So, I don’t know what he means by that, you’ll have to ask him. ”
Islanders captain Anders Lee, who has been removed for approximately three months from season-end ACL surgery on his right knee, skated alone Monday morning at TD Garden.
Trotz reiterated that Lee will not be ready to compete in the playoffs, but this is a good sign that the wing of the best line will obviously be ready for training camp before next season.
Lee did a few light workouts in the center of the ice, probably testing how his knee would hold as he skated sharp edges. He also did a few reps to redirect in front of the net, the place he usually takes during five to five and in power play.
“It means a lot,” Trotz said of Lee’s presence. “Lee is a really good leader. He is skating again and will not return to the playoffs unless we play in September. You see how he works at work, how he supports boys and is around and has a really good influence on the whole group. “
After scoring 12 goals with seven assists in 27 regular-season games, Lee was ruled out for the rest of the season in March.
Island goalie Semyon Varlamov won his fourth consecutive initial nod in Game 5. He deflected 40 of the 44 shots he faced.
After his stony performances in Games 2 and 3 of the first round against the Penguins, Varlamov is stable for the most part. Although the early goal he conceded on Monday night was due to a breakdown in defense, the Russian net player allowed a goal in one of the first three shots he faced in five of the six games he has played this season.