Pastrnak Powered Through Shoulder Injury In Playoffs
Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak was battling a shoulder injury throughout his team’s seven-game series loss to the Florida Panthers in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“Yeah, first game, first shift. It was just a shoulder injury,” Pastrnak confirmed in the end of the season media Boston Bruins players media availability on Tuesday.
After scoring just two goals in the first five games, David Pastrnak came under heavy scrutiny midway after the Bruins’ 4-3 in overtime loss to the Panthers in Game 5. Pastrnak told reporters that he was just as frustrated he couldn’t find the back of the net more after doing it 61 times in the 2022-23 regular season.
“It sucks because all you want to do…It’s a sport where you can’t be healthy every time, but it’s definitely painful to not be able to give your one hundred percent and play my game for this year,” Pastrnak acknowledged. “Especially, after the year I had, and I’ve been healthy and I know what I can do when I’m healthy. It just sucks.”
Pastrnak did catch fire in the final two games of the series. In the 7-5 Game 6 loss, Pastrnak lit the limp twice, and then scored a go-ahead goal to make it 3-2 Bruins 4:11 into the third period. Unfortunately, the Boston Bruins failed to hold that lead as Florida Panthers defenseman Brandon Montour tied the game with a minute left in regulation, and then Carter Verhaeghe scored the overtime winner 8:35 into the extra frame to end the season for the Bruins.
After so many Massachusetts Sports Betting Promos had the Boston Bruins advancing, it’s still difficult to believe Pastrnak and his teammates are headed home for the offseason. Pastrnak told reporters though, that if things had gone differently and the Boston Bruins – not the Panthers – were currently playing the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round, he would’ve been fully healthy for Game 1.
“I will say that Game 7, like I would’ve been one hundred percent in the second round for sure,” Pastrnak said on Tuesday. “That was one of those things right… You battle things in your head, obviously, but I remember Game 6… Obviously, it’s a lot of emotions and a lot of things running through your head, but I turned the page and got better in my head and was able to perform better.”