ST. LOUIS -- While it was good news that both Tuukka Rask and Brad Marchand were named NHL All-Stars for the first time, the Bruins also had a bit of an All-Star snub: David Pastrnak.
The 20-year-old Czech right winger is tied for sixth in the NHL with his 19 goals in just 36 games during a breakout year, and certainly merited heavy consideration.
But the simple truth is that there isn’t always enough room on an All-Star game roster when every team must be represented, and that the Bruins probably don’t deserve more than two All-Star representatives given their rather average first half-season. So Pastrnak is out for now, though perhaps he still could be invited to the NHL midseason classic in Los Angeles if players begin to drop with injuries between now and the end of the month.
Either way, Pastrnak wasn’t upset with the development and didn’t have much expectation of making the All-Star squad.
“No . . . no. I’m happy for the guys," he said when asked if he was upset. "It would be a great experience and it would obviously be nice to go to the All-Stars. But I’m young. [Marchand] has worked a long way to get there and I’m really happy for him. Obviously . . . when I’d scored a couple of goals I was thinking about [the All-Star game], but it’s nothing like it’s going to push me down, you know?
“I just keep playing the same [game]. It came into my mind, but it’s not like I’m disappointed or something.”
Pastrnak has now gone 10 games without a goal after his red-hot goal-scoring start, so, disappointment or not, it’s something he could use as motivation to get into the scorer’s circle.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Tuesday’s morning skate at the Scottrade Center:
K. Miller- C. Miller
Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while watching Trolls for about the 1,000th time with my son this morning.
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector chronicles the Edmonton Oilers showing they’re ready for the challenge in advancing over the San Jose Sharks.
-- Interesting report from Elliotte Friedman about Ilya Kovalchuk looking to return to the NHL with the Devils, or somebody willing to trade for his rights.
-- Hard to believe the Predators and Blues have never met before in the playoffs, but this is why I like the new postseason format and the way it fosters divisional rivalries.
-- The Minnesota Wild went out on their shields, with Eric Staal getting hospitalized after going headfirst into the boards in the Game 5 loss that eliminated his team.
-- Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman says changes are coming after an extremely disappointing first-round sweep at the hands of the Predators.
-- Joe Smith cracks open the mailbag to answer some questions about the Tampa Bay Lightning and what should be an interesting offseason for the .
-- For something completely different: Joanie from Happy Days, gone too soon, is remembered by her former co-stars.
The longer that the Bruins can hang around in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the greater the chances they can enter some healthy bodies back into the equation.
Just a couple of weeks after Torey Krug went down with a lower body injury that had him in a knee brace and crutches leaving the TD Garden, the Bruins top puck-moving defenseman began his road back to recovery with some skating on the ice. It wasn’t part of a full practice as the Bruins had the day off the ice following their epic Friday night double-overtime Game 5 win over the Ottawa Senators, but it was still encouraging to see Krug make forward progress.
“He started that process of his rehab, so he’s on the ice,” said Bruce Cassidy of Krug, who has missed all five of the games in the first round playoff series thus far. “I don’t believe Carlo was on the ice today.”
It was clear Krug was making progress when he traveled with the rest of the Bruins to Ottawa for Friday night’s Game 5, and now one has to wonder if he can somehow be a factor at the end of this first round series against the Senators. Obviously a return for Game 6 on Sunday afternoon would be out of the question given that he hasn’t even practiced with the team, but one has to wonder if a possible Game 7 could happen given that the game wouldn’t be played until Wednesday night in Ottawa.
While the Bruins have survived without Krug in the lineup, he could have a major impact on Boston’s ability to swiftly move through the 1-3-1 trap and execute some of the stretch passes and transition plays that Ottawa has been successfully throwing at the Bruins throughout the series. Krug could also make an impact on the Bruins power play that’s been down (2-for-14 for a 14.3 percent success rate) in the postseason from their potency during the regular season.