Jim Montgomery bluntly calls out one of his star players after Game 6

The Bruins’ head coach sent his message during the post-game press conference…

Chris Gosselin

Everyone thought Boston Bruins star forward David Pastrnak was due for an authoritative game on Thursday night against the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Pasta has mostly been kept in check through the series, and after last night 2-1 loss to Toronto, the star forward will need to produce way more in the do or die Game 7 in Boston on Saturday.

That’s certainly what Bruins heas coach Jim Montgomery expects as he bluntly called out Pastrnak in the post-game presser in Toronto.

“Pasta needs to step up.”

The Bruins’ bench boss wasn’t pleased with his team’s start to the game, criticizing his players for registering just one single shot in the first period.

“It’s unacceptable,” Montgomery said after the game. “We’ve got to find a way to start on time and we just got to be better. Toronto, starting on time, they’re getting the advantage and the momentum.”

The Bruins were leading 3-1 in the series, but will now face elimination on Saturday back home. In six games so far, Pastrnak has collected two goals and four points, but has not recorded a single point in the past two outings.

There is little time to get back on track and while Pastrnak was the one that was called out by his own head coach, I feel everyone on the roster needs to be better.

“I don’t know,” Pastrnak said when asked about his lack of offense. “Maybe I don’t get enough shots. Maybe I should have a little bit more of a shooting mentality.”

Pastrnak had five of his shot attempts blocked by Toronto.

This simply cannot end the same way it did last year for the Bruins, when they were leading 3-1 in their first round series against the Florida Panthers only to be eliminated in seven games as the reigning Presidents’ Trophy winners.

“We’re not living in the past,” Montgomery said when asked about possibly blowing another lead. “We’re not living in the future either. We’re living in the present. Right now, we’re not happy with our game. We’re going to get ready for Game 7 starting now.”

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