Until his team's six-period horror show at TD Garden, that is.
With three goals and three assists last night, David Pastrnak joined the legendary Phil Esposito as the second player in franchise history to have at least three goals and six points in one playoff game.
Pastrnak scored his third goal of the game with 1:36 to play in the third for a hat trick as the Bruins cruised to the 7-3 win.
Hadfield: I think, in all truth, the better team won that year.
The same question about a trio registering five goals and 15 assists in two games was put to Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly, whose answer was more brief: "I just did, yeah".
Asked about the disparity, the second-year star was blunt in his reply.
"Ottawa plays a stingy game, as we know, so it's tougher for those skill guys to find their ice", Cassidy said.
"Yeah, I mean you look at a game like this, sometimes that gets overlooked, but for sure".
Mitch Marner, with a goal and an assist, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk replied for the Leafs. Andersen, who surrendered five goals on 40 shots in Game 1, stopped only two of five shots before Curtis McElhinney relieved him.
The Bruins have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series, with Game 3 at Air Canada Centre on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, NESN). Pastrnak added his third goal of the night (six points in total) late in the game with some attractive stick work. The youngest player to score six points in a playoff game in National Hockey League history, beating out Wayne Gretzky. To this day, Sittler remains one of only five players to score five times in a playoff game, and he added an assist, too, to bring his point total to six.
Linemate Patrice Bergeron said one of Pastrnak's best attributes has been his ability to simply chase down pucks. "When I look at a game like that, I think some bounces here and there could have changed things, but I know one big save could change the series in a game like that and be huge, so it's what we do from now on and we've been feeling really good at home so we want to come out flying tomorrow".
A lot went wrong for the Maple Leafs in Games 1 and 2 in Boston, and Yahoo Canada Sports' Justin Cuthbert and Amit Mann were there to break down the carnage.
The Bruins got on the board just over five minutes into the game when David Pastrnak controlled a bouncing puck in front of the Maple Leafs net and tucked it behind Leafs' goaltender Frederik Anderson to put Boston up 1-0.
Boston's deluge continued at 12:13 when Miller was allowed way too much time and space in the corner before firing a puck in front that deflected in off Zaitsev.
WAYNE GRETZKY, EDMONTON OILERS - APRIL 25, 1985 Few teams throughout his career got the brunt of Gretzky's wrath quite like the Jets, and there was one night in particular where Winnipeg wished they would never see No. 99 again. "It's many things", defenseman Ron Hainsey said. And does this team have it in them to get back into the series? The trio has combined for an absurd 20 points through two games - 16 of which have come at even strength.
Pastrnak scored his second of the night, and eighth point of the series, with 7:26 remaining when he was allowed to walk out from behind the net untouched after Marchand lost the handle on a breakaway.
As the Bruins' first power play group began to leave the ice in the midst of an offensive zone possession, rookie Jake DeBrusk jumped on and made it from the bench to the crease to deflect Krug's pass off Andersen at 9:46. "For all the doubters out there, there you go", Claude Giroux said after the 5-1 Game 2 win. So that's our first priority.