Jim Montgomery calls out Bruins star before Game 7.

Jim Montgomery calls out Bruins star before Game 7.

The head coach of the Boston Bruins is demanding more from one of his players heading into Game 7.

Jonathan Larivee

There may be no scenario in the entire world of sports more intense than a Game 7 scenario in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Not only is it guaranteed to be the culmination of what is usually a grueling series that comes before it, but it is one of the truly great do or die moments in all of sports.

As you might imagine the intense pressure of such a moment can be overwhelming at the best of times, but how intense does that pressure get when your coach calls you out by name and all but demands that you show up on the biggest stage of them all?

Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak will learn the answer to that question on Saturday when he and the Bruins take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in what will be a series deciding Game 7. Pastrnak. who has 2 goals and 2 assists for a total of 4 points in the first 6 games of this series, was publicly called out by Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery ahead of Game 7 for falling to deliver in the big moments.

"Your best players need to be your best players this time of year," admitted Montgomery before calling out players by name. "I think the effort is tremendous and I think we need to come through with some big time plays in big time moments. Marchand has done that in the series, Pasta needs to step up."

Historically Pastrnak has been a point per game player in the Stanley Cup playoffs but those numbers have slipped as the Bruins have let the Maple Leafs back into this series, with Pastrnak being held off the scoresheet entirely over the course of Game 5 and Game 6. It seems likely that the Bruins will need Pastrnak to be a factor in Game 7 if they hope to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.