The Boston Bruins won the first round of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals 4-1. That was Sunday. But tonight (May 29) the Bruins will open up Round 2 against the New York Islanders.
The Islanders were able to fight off a tough Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 1 as the Isles won the series 4-2 Wednesday.
The celebrations have begun, but now it is time for both teams to focus on what’s coming up – tomorrow’s big matchup.
Review of the Bruins and Islanders First Game
Tonight’s matchup will be the first one between the Bruins and Islanders since May 10. Now, these two teams are going to face each other once again.
Have things changed since the last two weeks? Of course. Both teams are now playoff teams and have transformed into stronger playing styles since then.
For example, looking at the Islanders, they have some top guys that will be expected to hit the ice. Their forward lines consist of Leo Komarov, Mat Barzal, Jordan Eberle and a handful of other good skilled hockey players.
Looking at the Islanders’ forward lines, they will definitely give the Bruins a hard time on the ice. So, for the Bruins, it is important that they show up on the ice playing stronger than ever before.
However, credit should be given to the Bruins’ forward lines, too. They have some really good guys on the squad, too and they will not go easy on the Isladers.
Brad Marchand has been playing great for the Bruins this season, providing 29 goals and 40 assists. It’s a remarkable contribution for the team. Then there’s Patrice Bergeron with 23 goals and 25 assists this season and David Pastrnak, who has contributed 20 goals and 28 assists.
The Bruins have an incredible group of guys who have proven that they are capable of scoring goals and making plenty of assists. These guys have put in some good effort all season long and during Round 1 in the playoffs. Those same results are what the Islanders can expect from the Bruins in tonight’s big matchup.
Who Is Likely to Win the Series?
This is a tough question to answer right now. Both teams have a lot of good points on their side, so it is difficult to really pinpoint which team has the best chance of winning the series. Since the Bruins and Islanders have both shown to be some dangerous teams out on the ice, anything is possible. The entire series could go completely unexpected and be a huge shocker to fans for both teams.
Additionally, each team is working hard to keep practicing and building up plenty of playoff momentum to keep the bars raise high during the playoffs. Both the Bruins and Islanders are hungry for a win.
A Game 1 win for either team is definitely going to be important because it sets the tone for the whole series in a way.
In conclusion, Game 1 between the Bruins and Islanders will be entertaining and interesting for all their fans. Nothing is certain in these playoffs and everything is at stake. So, we will be looking forward to seeing the results of Round 2 pretty soon.