Islanders' Barry Trotz on high-powered Bruins: 'We gotta challenge them a little bit more'

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McAvoy goal against Islanders Game 1 2021
McAvoy goal against Islanders Game 1 2021

The Bruins are just three seasons out of a Stanley Cup Final appearance, and after back-to-back early exits, they're clearly back with a vengeance.

David Pastrnak scored a hat trick as the Isles fell to Boston 5-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Saturday.

"We gotta challenge them a little bit more. We backed off," head coach Barry Trotz told reporters after Saturday's loss. "They’re gonna make plays through all that. We gotta tighten up there. We’re gonna need more from our lines. I really felt we only had probably one line that was really on top of their game. The other lines had spurts, but we’re gonna have to be much better.”

The Islanders and Bruins were tied at two heading into the third, and Trotz was feeling comfortable, considering TD Garden was at full capacity for the first time this season.

"The third goal right after the power play there, that one hurt. We sort of regained our composure, started coming. We had a couple looks, and obviously the fourth one was the nail in the coffin," he said.

“I thought we did a lot of good things during the game," said Anthony Beauvillier. "Obviously didn’t really go the way we wanted, but it’s the playoffs. There’s gonna be lows, there’s gonna be highs, and we’re just gonna fight through it and make sure we get ready for the next game. ...

“I think we just gotta stick to what we do best, and our game plan and what brought us here. Obviously, they’re a really good team, and the further we’re gonna go in the playoffs, the harder games you’re gonna get, and the harder it’ll be to win. They obviously have a lot of firepower up front. They’re good players. They wanna score goals, it’s gonna be our job to defend better and obviously create more offense.”

The Islanders will look to even the series in Boston on Monday at 7:30 p.m.