We should all wish to struggle like David Pastrnak.
This has been an up-and-down playoffs for the gap-toothed goal-creator, one where he was dropped from the Boston Bruins‘ so-called "Perfection Line" and seemed to be searching for confidence.
And yet … call up the NHL’s scoring chart and he’s right there with 11 points — just one more big night from matching or surpassing the leaders at 13. Then there was this juicy nugget from the NHL after Pastrnak help power Boston to a 4-3 win Saturday and a 3-2 series lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
He’s keeping company with the Crosbys and Ovechkins in playoff production to start his career. If it continues, you have to imagine he’ll eventually be lifting the Stanley Cup just like they did.