The Boston Bruins are back home today practicing in Boston following last night’s devastating 3-1 Game 6 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. While it’s clear that the entire Bruins squad is feeling the heat after giving up a commanding 3-1 series lead, perhaps no one is under more pressure to deliver in Game 7 than Bruins sniper David Pastrnak.
After opening up the series with a remarkable three goal, six point performance in Game 2 of the teams’ opening round series, Pastrnak has gone pointless in three losses to the Leafs since.
It’s not as if Pastrnak doesn’t have any company however, as linemates Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have both been equally as unproductive as pointed out by Bruins beat reporter Joe Haggerty:
Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak have zero points and are a combined minus-16 in the three losses to Leafs in this series. If that continues on Wednesday night they'll be golfing by the weekend.
Still, it’s clear that Pastrnak shoulders a lot of the blame and the frustration was written all over his face when he met with reporters this morning. When by WBZ-TV reporter Joe Giza, "What adjustments do you have to make so you can get scoring again?" A very clearly ticked off Pastrnak responded, “Uh... haha... I'm not gonna change anything. I keep shooting, get scoring chances and goalie make saves and I think that's a pretty stupid question."
Wow... tell us how you REALLY feel, Pasta!
For what it's worth, he's not wrong though. Pastrnak has generated 13 shots on goal in the past three games, but managed just one on Leafs goaltender Frederik Anderson in last night's pivotal game. The good news? There's still one game left to redeem himself and that's Game 7 tomorrow night at TD Garden in Boston. And, while it remains to be seen if the man they call Pasta can hit the score sheet, you can bet that he won't be held to just a single shot with his season on the line. The 21 year old Czech sniper is a proven playoff performer with six goals and 15 points in 12 career playoff games, so you know he'll be ready to bring it tomorrow night.