The man they call “Pasta” is eating the Toronto Maple Leafs for lunch.
David Pastrnak has been an absolute killer through the first two games of the Bruins-Leafs opening round showdown, netting four goals — including a Game 2 hat trick — and adding five helpers for nine points through the first two games of the series.
With his six-point effort on Saturday, Pastrnak ties an NHL record for points through the first two games of a playoff series, matching Phil Esposito who did it with the Bruins in the 1969 playoffs (also against the Maple Leafs).
Pastrnak has simply been toying with Toronto, so it’s only fitting that he completed his hatty on Saturday with this foolish between-the-legs backhander late in the third frame.
My sweet precious angel child David Pastrnak is having fun out there pic.twitter.com/gxd3crI6O4
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 15, 2018
The Bruins winger has been in on a whopping 75 percent of Boston’s 12 goals through the first two contests, averaging more than four points-per-game while leading the postseason in scoring so far. Pastrnak is now the youngest player ever to record six points in an NHL playoff game.
The Maple Leafs have had no answer for the Bruins top line as a whole, with Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron combining for 20 points over the first two contests of the series — including 14 in Game 2 alone. The line, which was on the ice for all seven Boston goals on Saturday, is absolutely torching the Maple leafs defense corps from top-to-bottom, with a different pairing getting particularly victimized in each contest.
Game 1 saw the duo of Morgan Rielly and Ron Hainsey take the brunt of the torture from the Bruins top line, wtih Rielly specially having a tough night, putting forth one of the worst top-to-bottom performances of his NHL career. Game 2 featured the atrocious work of Jake Gardiner and Nikita Zaitzev, who were on the ice for the first four Bruins goals of the game on Saturday.
Heading back to home ice for Games 3 and 4 in Toronto, coach Mike Babcock will have a little more say in dictating the matchups. If the staff can’t make the right adjustments to stop the freight train that is the Pastrnak-Marchand-Bergeron unit, it really won’t matter.
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