Boston Bruins star forward David Pastrnak will be a game-time decision on Saturday after being deemed “unfit” to play on Thursday. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated Boston 3-2 in Pastrnak’s absence to even the East first-round series at 1-1.
After Thursday’s game in Toronto, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy did not elaborate much on Pastrnak’s condition, but he did say he had been “questionable” since the end of the Game 1 double-overtime win on Wednesday.
“He was getting treatment — unfit to participate,” Cassidy said. “We don’t believe it will be long term. That’s a day-to-day thing, we hope. So, obviously, targeting Saturday at noon … because it’s tough to test it, get out skating on a morning skate type of thing. So, it’ll probably be right down to the game time again on Saturday.”
Pastrnak was in the stands for Thursday’s game, wearing a mask and sweats, and was seen on the broadcast celebrating linemate Brad Marchand‘s power-play goal.
Pastrnak, 24, tied Alex Ovechkin for the NHL’s lead in goals (48) this season. The winger scored a goal and an assist in Game 1 against the Hurricanes after being held scoreless in the round-robin.