David Pastrnak's heroics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round have the Boston Bruins one win from playing the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final.
The Bruins forward scored two goals in a 4-3 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden on Saturday that put them ahead 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. Game 6 is at Nationwide Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Pastrnak has 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 30 Stanley Cup Playoff games. His average of 1.17 points per game is the third highest through 30 postseason games in Bruins history, behind Barry Pederson (1.70) and Bobby Orr (1.20). Two active NHL players (Alex Ovechkin, 1.40; Sidney Crosby, 1.27) have averaged more than Pastrnak after 30 games.
Brad Marchand scored and had an assist on each of Pastrnak's goals to give him 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the 2019 playoffs, tied with Colorado Avalanche forwards Nathan MacKinnon (six goals, seven assists) and Mikko Rantanen (five goals, eight assists) for the NHL lead.
Hertl, Pavelski spark Sharks in Game 5
The San Jose Sharks are one win from the Western Conference Final after an emotional 2-1 win against the Avalanche at SAP Center in Game 5 of the best-of-7 second round.
Moments after Tomas Hertl gave the Sharks a third-period lead with his second goal of the game, captain Joe Pavelski fired up the crowd during his first appearance since leaving Game 7 of the first round against the Vegas Golden Knights with an injury. Hertl has scored eight goals in the 2019 postseason, one behind teammate Logan Couture for the NHL lead. The Sharks had multiple players with at least eight goals in the postseason twice in their history entering 2019: Pavelski (14) and Couture (10) in 2016, and Pavelski (nine) and Patrick Marleau (eight) in 2010.
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The win Saturday was San Jose's third comeback victory of the 2019 playoffs, trailing the Dallas Stars and Hurricanes (four each) for most of the 16 qualifying teams. The Sharks have also won two games when scoring two or fewer goals after going 0-17-3 in that scenario during the regular season.