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Bruins’ Pastrnak will not play in Game 2 vs. Hurricanes


TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 12: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins warms up before facing the Carolina Hurricanes in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round of the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff at Scotiabank Arena on August 12, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Less than an hour before puck drop, the Boston Bruins announced that star winger David Pastrnak will not be in the lineup (unfit to play) for Game 2 of their First Round series against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Pastrnak played more than 24 minutes in the Bruins’ double overtime Game 1 win on Wednesday, scoring a goal and adding an assist.

Even if it is a short-term thing this could be a potentially massive loss for the Bruins as he is not only a key part of their dominant top line (alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand), but he is also one of the league’s top offensive players.

He finished the 2019-20 regular season tied with Alex Ovechkin for the league lead in goals (48). His 155 goals since the start of the 2016-17 season are third most in the league during that stretch, trailing only Oveckin (181) and Auston Matthews (158).


In other Game 2 news, the Hurricanes will be getting forward Justin Williams and defenseman Sami Vatanen back in the lineup after both players missed Game 1 of the series on Monday.

Carolina will also be starting James Reimer on the second half of the back-to-back.

Boston is sticking with regular starter Tuukka Rask.

No. 4 Boston Bruins vs. No. 5 Carolina Hurricanes (BOS leads 1-0)

Wednesday, Aug. 12: Bruins 4, Hurricanes 3 (2OT) (recap)
Thursday, Aug. 13: Carolina at Boston, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Saturday, Aug. 15: Boston at Carolina, 12 p.m ET – NBC
Monday, Aug. 17: Boston at Carolina, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN
*Wednesday, Aug. 19: Carolina at Boston – TBD
*Thursday, Aug. 20: Boston at Carolina – TBD
*Sunday, Aug. 23: Carolina at Boston – TBD

*if necessary

Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round schedule

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.