It was a good night for the Boston Bruins. The team defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in Game 5, eliminating the Hurricanes and advancing to the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins also got sniper David Pastrnak back after a three game absence.
Pastrnak was thrilled to be back in the lineup, even if it took a few shifts to get back into it.
“Yeah, definitely obviously felt better every shift,” David Pastrnak said. “It was good to be back with the guys. Anytime you’re watching the games from the stands, it’s tough. Really happy I was back and a great series.”
Head coach Bruce Cassidy was pleased with Pastrnak’s performance in his return. The includes his work on a suddenly hot powerplay.
“Pasta certainly did his job on it,” Cassidy said “Got to the front of the net, couple of good shots. Obviously picked up a couple helpers on it. Made some good plays. So that was a part of the game we were hoping he’d get back quickly, his hands, and he’s going to need to get his legs under him and his battle level up. So that was the reasoning behind the power play, those guys were all amenable to being in one group and it worked out for us.”
The Bruins will now wait for their second round opponent, which could be revealed on Friday. If the Islanders and Flyers both win their next games, the Bruins will face the Tampa Bay Lightning. No matter who they play, they will now have a healthy David Pastrnak.