ST. LOUIS—David Pastrnak flashed a wry smile, brimming with confidence.
No even-strength points through the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final for the first line put plenty of pressure on Boston's best players to produce. Pastrnak shrugged it off, saying on scale of 1 to 10 they felt the pressure level was something around a 2.
Then they got on the ice and delivered.
The stars led Boston to a 7-2 rout of the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Defenceman Torey Krug scored a goal and had three assists, top-line centre Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists, Pastrnak and Brad Marchand got on the scoresheet and the top power-play unit was a perfect 4 for 4—on four shots.
“It's about time we get going,” said Pastrnak, who scored his first goal in the final.
"I still think we haven't played our best. But we are up 2-1 and we need to meet tomorrow, look at the video and get even better.
“That's our focus in this group, and we've got a lot of good players, so we know we can even elevate more,” he added.
Game 4 is tonight in St. Louis.