Boston Bruins game-breaker David Pastrnak broke through with his first goal of the playoffs in Game 4, and now he’s officially on an offensive tear after a highlight reel goal in Game 5. The 24-year-old right winger opened the scoring for Sunday night’s Game 5 at Capital One Arena with a dazzling puck net drive where he toe-dragged Nic Dowd and then frozen Nick Jensen as he swept through the front of the Washington net.
Pastrnak’s speed, creativity and willingness to go hard to the net were all display for the right winger in one magnificent Stanley Cup playoff scoring play.
He was able to easily hook a shot around Ilya Samsonov’s leg pads and had the Washington defenders look at each other with arms raised after the play was over.
After the play, Brenden Dillon is actually shown looking at his teammates with gloved hand raised wondering exactly what kind of net-front defense that was by the Capitals.
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The score gives Pastrnak goals in each of his last two games in the first round series against the Washington Capitals and officially signals to the rest of the NHL that No. 88 has found the highest levels of his game in the postseason.
Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy had hoped that his winger’s score in Game 4 would touch off a goal scoring spree for Pastrnak, and that appears to be exactly what is happening.
“He’s worked hard, and he’s gotten himself in position to shoot the puck,” said Cassidy. “We design plays to get him his shot, because he can score goals. We have a number of different looks. You watch practice, you see them. At the end of the day, good for him,” said Cassidy. “He’s a sniper, and as you said, maybe this gets him feeling better about his shot. He’s still making plays, playing hard. Eventually you get those looks, he’s too good of a scorer, they’ll go in.”
Pastrnak now has two goals and six points in five playoff games this season and counting after putting together multi-point games in both Game 4 and Game 5 against the Capitals.