Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

David Pastrnak totals 3 goals, 3 assists as Bruins rout Maple Leafs

David Pastrnak totals 3 goals, 3 assists as Bruins rout Maple Leafs

The Bruins' head coach wasn't exactly dealing with a makeshift lineup in the first two games of the best-of-7 first round playoff series against the Maple Leafs - not with everyone on the top two lines, the No. 1 defense pair and the starting goalie all healthy - but there were some issues below that.

Moore was a part of the Leafs penalty killing during the regular season and would provide Babcock with an extra faceoff specialist, but the veteran would be playing on the wing, where he played just one game this year.

That's because the list of his club's mistakes in the first two games of the series - that's left the Leafs in an 0-2 hole - is too long to pinpoint just one. The line's Corsi For percentage is through the roof even when the Bruins are in the lead, when the Maple Leafs are supposed to be gunning for any opening to go on the attack and the Bruins are supposed to be sitting back in a protective shell. After facing questions all week about when the rookie would see game action, it looks like it could come as soon as Saturday night. The Sharks scored three straight-capped off by a highlight reel goal by Tomas Hertl-to build a lead, but Anaheim fought back.

CHEMISTRY - A three-game suspension for Leafs forward Nazem Kadri forced Babcock to switch his lines in Game 2, and he may need to do more shuffling for Game 3 with a lower-body injury to forward Leo Komarov. As if the four points in less than six minutes wasn't enough, Franzen added another assist and a fourth goal as Detroit skated to a 7-1 win.

Like Rocky II following up on the glory of Rocky, and actually being better than the best picture victor at the 49 Oscars, Game 2 was a championship performance by Pastrnak, who followed up on his three-point Game 1 with a franchise record six points (three goals, three assists). "They do things 200 feet in the d-zone and translate it into offense for them, and then they hound the puck like no other team".

Even though they finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference and the third best record in the entire National Hockey League there didn't seem to be a ton of optimism surrounding the Tampa Bay Lightning entering the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

One player on that top line, in particular, brought something special to the table. In the third, Pastrnak continued his dominance with a slick showing of patience to beat McElhinney short side after walking out from behind the net and Pastrnak capped his monster night by completing the hat trick in spectacular fashion.

Pastrnak had a two-assist night along with a goal having a huge night with 3 points overall for the explosive forward.

The Lightning scored three times in a 2:47 span in the second period, and the reeling Devils pulled goalie Keith Kinkaid after Killorn's third goal in two games made it 5-1 with 6:48 remaining in the period.

Going into the series, we knew the Leafs' blue line was the weakness.

Bergeron's line isn't just producing, it's dominating possession. When they don't have it they don't necessarily want it as much as this guy right here.

"No, and if I had, I'd try to block it out of my mind, probably, you know, unless it was from my own team", Babcock said when asked if he can recall a line combining for 20 points this early. To say that he hasn't learned anything from the dynamic Bergeron-Marchand duo is an understatement.

The six points tied Phil Esposito and Rick Middleton for the Bruins' franchise playoff record.

"We know they're going to have more energy".

"We gotta go home and get regrouped", Babcock said. They have yet to take a lead; in fact, they've trailed Boston for all but 29 minutes and five seconds.

"It just sort of sorts everything out for us a little better". Try to get him thinking about stuff other than hockey because he's so tough to defend and he's all over the puck and tough to knock off it. But then Pastrnak opened the floodgates at 5:26 of the first. We had the proof in the second period when we were up for four goals, we got away from it a bit. Frederik Andersen has given up eight goals on 45 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed four goals on 23 shots.

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