Add David Pastrnak to the list of Boston Bruins who dealt with injuries during their postseason run. During a physical postseason series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Pastrnak apparently aggravated a thumb injury that kept him out of the lineup for five weeks during the regular season.
However, per our own Joe Haggerty, Pastrnak wasn't willing to blame the injury for his poor performance. Instead, he said that the "issues were more mental" and his confidence fluctuated as a result.
David Pastrnak said he re-aggravated his thumb injury in the second round in Columbus, and it didn’t feel the same afterward. But he said his issues were more mental and keeping his confidence in playoffs as his performance fluctuated up and down— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) June 14, 2019
Even if a lack of confidence impacted Pastrnak, it's clear that his thumb injury did have an impact on him. In the Stanley Cup Final, he struggled to move the puck, likely as a result of the injury, and logged a dreadful minus-7 rating. He was still strong on the power play, but he wasn't his usual, dynamic self on offense.
Pastrnak will have a chance to heal this offseason and will regain his confidence during the regular season. He did have 81 points in just 66 games last year, so perhaps if he can stay healthy and confident, he will have better success in the postseason next year (should the Bruins qualify).
Pastrnak wasn't the only member of the Bruins' top line to deal with an injury. Patrice Bergeron was dealing with a groin injury (though he won't need surgery) while Brad Marchand had a trio of injuries including one that he aggravated in the Bruins' pre-Stanley Cup Final scrimmage.
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