Pastrnak will play for the Czech Republic in the upcoming World Championship. Pastrnak is coming off a strong season in which he logged 35 goals and 80 points in 82 games before tallying six goals and 20 points in 12 playoff contests. The 2014 first-rounder is already a rising NHL star, but there's still room for growth in his game, as the youngster doesn't celebrate his 22nd birthday until May 25. It's no secret that the 6-foot, 188-pounder brings energy and dynamic skills to the table, including a dangerous release on one-timers. Where his game has continued to improve of late relates to his strength on pucks in one-on-one battles. Looking ahead to 2018-19, Pastrnak will remain entrenched on the Bruins' top line, with regular power-play duty on tap.
Despite a loss in Monday's Game 2 against the Lightning, Pastrnak notched an assist and four PIM over 19:16 of ice time. Pastrnak didn't match his four-assist explosion from Game 1 against the Lightning, but he now owns 18 points through nine playoff contests. He and the Bruins return to TD Garden for Game 3, where he's racked up five goals and six assists through four games this postseason.
Pastrnak set up four goals in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Saturday. Pastrnak's dominance this postseason has been nothing short of remarkable. He has 17 points, including 12 assists, in just eight games. But what makes that tally more remarkable is the fact that Pasta has been held off the scoresheet in three of those eight contests. His line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand have started the series against the Bolts just like they did against the Leafs. Saturday, they combined for 11 points. Pastrnak is one of the early leaders in the Conn Smythe battle for best player in the postseason.
Pastrnak scored a goal and had a helper in a 7-4 Game 7 win over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Everybody will remember Pastrnak's six-point explosion in Game 2 of this series. He ended up finishing with a whopping 13 points against the Maple Leafs. Now the 21-year-old prepares for a second-round matchup with the Lightning.
Pastrnak assisted on each of his team's first two goals in Thursday's 3-1 Game 4 win over the Maple Leafs. Pastrnak took a one-game hiatus from his torrid scoring ways in Game 3, but he got right back on track here and now has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) through four career playoff games. This performance was even more impressive considering Patrice Bergeron (upper body) was a late scratch, though two-thirds of Boston's usual top line is still better than what most teams boast at the top of their depth charts. Pastrnak's Bruins will have a chance to close this conference quarterfinals series Saturday in Boston.
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