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The Daily: Bruins coach Calls Out Pastrnak; Danielson Blanked

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After the Boston Bruins lost 2-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 Thursday night, Bruins coach Jim Montgomery made it clear that he wasn’t pleased with the performance of David Pastrnak.

Pastrnak, who had 47 goals in the regular-season, had no points in Games 5 and 6. Boston lost both games. The Bruins were frustrated by the Maple Leafs in Game 6. The Maple Leafs out-shot the Bruins 12-2 in the first period. Pastrnak had four shots on goal. He didn’t look as dangerous as he usually does.

“Your best players need to be your best players this time of year,” Montgomery replied. “I think the effort is tremendous, but they need to come through with some big-time plays in big-time moments. Marchand has done that in this series; ‘Pasta needs to step up.”

Montgomery wasn’t done. According to Boston Hockey Now’s Jimmy Murphy, later in the interview, Montgomery said: “He needs to be a dominant player like he used to. He’s doing it in flurries, but not as consistently.”

The Maple Leafs and Bruins play Game 7 Saturday at 8 p.m.

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