David Pastrnak just finished serving his two-game suspension and is expected to return to tonight’s lineup when the Bruins take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is ready to pick up from where he left off, in what is deemed a breakout season for number 88.
Pastrnak hasn’t seen game action since delivering a crushing hit to the Rangers’ Dan Girardi, and now that the judgement of the DoPS is over, a smiling Pastrnak exclaimed “now I’m back and I’m free.” When asked what will change in his playing style, he simply replied that “I’m just going to play the same way, play the right way and help the team. I’m just going to play the way I see it. I want to get a little physical and just play the same way, hard on the puck and all of that stuff.”
Although the team did win the last two games without Pastrnak (Rask’s return did help with that), their goal is to get him back up to speed and take advantage of his offensive firepower. Having lead the team with five goals scored in seven games, the Bruins are hoping that Pastrnak can get back into his style and continue with his breakout season.