You have to go back multiple decades to find a Boston Bruins player who's been more productive offensively to start his Stanley Cup playoff career than David Pastrnak.
Pastrnak delivered an excellent performance with two goals (including the winning goal late in the third period) in the Bruins' 4-3 victory in Game 5 of their second-round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He's now up to 35 points in his first 30 postseason games, and only two Bruins players have ever scored at a higher rate through their first 30 playoff matchups.
In fact, only two other @NHLBruins players have averaged more points per game through their first 30 playoff games than @pastrnak96: Barry Pederson (1.70) and Bobby Orr (1.20). #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/KRcInG3ubv— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 5, 2019
Any time you're mentioned in the same sentence with Bobby Orr is impressive.
Pastrnak has struggled at times in the 2019 playoffs, but he's been solid overall with 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 12 games. He had one point in Boston's first three games against Columbus, and the Blue Jackets jumped out to a 2-1 series lead. Over the last two games, however, the 22-year-old right winger has scored three goals with one assist to help power the Bruins to a 3-2 series lead.
Pastrnak's resurgence is among the reasons why it would be surprising to see the Bruins cough up this series lead and fail to reach the Eastern Conference finals. When he's in top form, the Bruins' offense is really tough to slow down.
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