By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The water has boiled, and Boston’s ‘Pasta’ is ready, as Bruins winger David Pastrnak will suit up for Wednesday’s Game 5 against the Carolina Hurricanes after missing three straight playoff tilts with an “unfit to participate” designation.
The 24-year-old Pastrnak was given a ‘better’ chance of playing in Game 5, according to Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, and after participating in the pregame warmup, No. 88 is indeed ready to go.
Pastrnak scored the B’s first goal of the postseason, and assisted on Patrice Bergeron’s double-overtime winner.
With Pastrnak back, Anders Bjork will sit as the B’s healthy scratch.
Jaroslav Halak gets the call in the Boston net. Halak stopped 16-of-19 in a 4-3 win in Game 4, and will look to hammer the nail in Carolina’s coffin. Halak is 6-2 with a .953 save percentage in eight career knockout games.
The Hurricanes will turn back to Petr Mrazek in net.
Here’s the complete lines and pairings for the Bruins…
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Ondrej Kase
Sean Kuraly – Charlie Coyle – Jack Studnicka
Joakim Nordstrom – Par Lindholm – Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk – Connor Clifton
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