Saturday’s action saw the home teams (Boston and San Jose) win Game 5. Although Columbus and Colorado will be playing at home in Game 6, both teams will be facing do-or-die scenarios.
David Pastrnak delivered when the Bruins needed it the most. Pastrnak scored two goals, including the game-winner with a minute and a half left in regulation, to lead the Bruins to a 4-3 win over Columbus in Game 5 on Saturday. Pasta was also a plus-3 and fired seven shots on goal in what was his best game of the series.
Here’s Pastrnak’s game-winner:
After being held to just a single point over the first three games of the series, Pastrnak now has back-to-back games with multiple points. The soon-to-be 23-year-old has experienced elite-level playoff numbers early in his career.
Pastrnak’s usual linemate Brad Marchand scored a goal and added two assists. Marchand had been held without a point for four consecutive games before recording an assist in Game 4. The Bruins are 21-1 in playoff games in which Marchand scores, according to a stat from the HNIC broadcast.
After no goals in the first period and just one goal in the second period (by David Krejci), the two teams exploded for six goals in a third period in which the two teams combined for 28 shots (although they took 27 shots in the second period).
Game 5 was defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov’s first NHL game. Gavrikov, a 2015 sixth-round pick of the Jacket