After leading the NHL with 48 goals in just 70 games during the 2019-20 NHL regular season and earning a share of the Rocket Richard Trophy, David Pastrnak had just three goals in ten Stanley Cup playoff games for the Boston Bruins. Pastrnak recently revealed that he was indeed suffering from a lower-body injury in the postseason and also that the injury didn’t come from celebrating a goal early in the round-robin stage.
“Obviously, the injury was part of hockey. That happens,” Pastrnak said. “It was bothering me pretty much every game. But it was something that I could still play. Wasn’t 100% at all but I got to that point where I could play through it. I was happy that I could play. I also didn’t do it celebrating a goal.”
In addition to the injury, Pastrnak played the playoffs without the luxury of a training camp. He missed all but one day of the team’s practices during Phase 3 in July.
“Training camp, I don’t know, it’s just unfortunate,” Pastrnak continued. “The rules are I was stuck up in quarantine for 28 days with about 20 or 25 negative tests. That was obviously tough and I really wish I could have been part of the training camp.”
FRUSTRATION MOUNTS FOR PASTRNAK
Without a training camp and with a nagging injury, David Pastrnak not only dealt with physical issues but the frustration that came from the injury that hampered his play.
“To be honest, very frustrating,” he continued. “Obviously, honestly – my closest what I felt to 100% was the last game of our season. I could totally tell the difference. It was obviously so much more fun when you’re feeling healthy and you feel like you can contribute more and help the team more. It’s very frustrating, but how I said, this stuff is, unfortunately, part of hockey and its stuff you’re going to deal with and obviously try to prevent it as a player. These kinds of injuries just happen. How I said, unfortunate and very frustrating for myself.”