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The New York Islanders were outplayed in Game 1 as the Boston Bruins defeated them 5-2. The Bruins “Perfection Line” dominated the game as David Pastrnak netted a hat trick. The full schedule for the series is out. These stories and more in today’s daily links!

The New York Islanders gave David Pastrnak room to work and he made them pay for it. Pastrnak completed the hat trick and Long Island native Charlie McAvoy scored the go-ahead goal 6:20 into the third to break a 2-2 tie in an eventual 5-2 Game 1 win for the Boston Bruins. (NYI Hockey Now)

There were no surprises for the New York Islanders in their Game 1 loss to the Boston Bruins, especially from the always lethal “perfection line.” Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron made New York pay with a combined six points on Saturday and a hat trick for Pastrnak. (NYI Hockey Now)

The NHL has released the entire schedule for the second-round series between the Islanders and Bruins. (NYI Hockey Now)

Too much David Pastrnak and too few of their own chances. It was that simple for the Islanders in Game 1 against the Bruins and a potential problem for the rest of this second-round series. (Newsday)

Whether the fans pack the home arena or the away arena, it still gives a jolt to the players in the game. Attendance for the Bruins’ 5-2 win in Game 1 at TD Garden was expanded to close to 17,400. It was announced on Friday that Coliseum capacity will be expanded to 12,000 when the series shifts back to Long Island on Thursday. (Newsday)

The Islanders didn’t deserve a better fate than their Game 1 loss to the Boston Bruins. But the situation isn’t quite as bleak as it looks in the hours after the game. They were outplayed, not overmatched. Let’s break it down. (The Athletic)

The Boston Bruins should be feeling good after a 5-2 Game 1 win over the New York Islanders in the second round of the playoffs, but the victory may have come at a bit of a price. Right winger Craig Smith was knocked out of Saturday night’s game at TD Garden with a lower body injury that limited him to just 10:14 of ice time in the victory. (Boston Hockey Now)

Even after the Penguins were sent home after round one, the report is that Mike Sullivan will be coaching the team next season. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Clearly, the Avs have what it takes to beat the Mighty Knights of Vegas. Despite many bumps in the road, Colorado still earned the NHL’s regular season crown. They did what most pundits and bookies thought they’d do, which is look—and play—like Stanley Cup favorites. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Standing at 5-foot-8, Arturs Irbe didn’t exactly promote fear when opposing teams saw him at first. Once the puck dropped, though, that fear took very little time to set in, especially during the 1993-94 campaign, when the Latvian netminder helped the San Jose Sharks achieve one of the most impressive single-season turnarounds in NHL history. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Kesperi Kotkaniemi scored at 15:15 of overtime, and the Montreal Canadiens avoided elimination for the second straight game with a 3-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup First Round at Bell Centre on Saturday. (NHL)

The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs features eight teams in four division-based best-of-7 series, which start Saturday. Today, NHL.com previews the Stanley Cup Second Round between the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning. (NHL)

With three of the four series in the second round ready to start, NHL.com is delivering a fresh batch of predictions. (NHL)

The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs features eight teams in four division-based best-of-7 series, which start Saturday. Today, NHL.com previews the Stanley Cup Second Round between the Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights. (NHL)

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzinsuffered a lower-body injury in Game 6 of the team’s first-round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. (TSN)

A travel exemption is expected to be put in place the semi-final round of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, according to TSN’s Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. The exemption would allow the North Division Canadian champion and their corresponding US opponent to travel across the border and play in their own home arenas amid the ongoing Canada-US border closure. (TSN)

 

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