Stanley Cup Round One: Carb loading and Kryptonite on a Saturday night

Saturday’s playoff games were a feast for eyes:

  • David Pastrnak is to the Leafs as a cat is to a mouse. Thank goodness he only played 15:24.
  • Pasta, Patrice and the Honey Badger are the best line in hockey right now. Bar down. Do not debate me. You will lose.

  • Is Pasta the next Nikita Kucherov? The jump from 80 points to 95 next year is just a couple hatties away, especially if he continues to bring his Kryptonite to Toronto.
  • Pasta just became the youngest player in NHL history to record six or more points in a single playoff game. 21 yrs, 324 days vs. Wayne Gretzky’s 22 yrs, 81 days.
  • The Czech carb loader’s nine points in two games tied former Bruin Phil Esposito’s NHL record for the most points by any player in the first two games of the postseason.
  • Speaking of Kryptonite, the Bolts have brought theirs to Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri. It’s called Tyler Johnson, Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat. It pains me because I want my late buddy Dan Pennucci’s beloved horned hockey team to do well. He’d be so proud. Done in four. Sorry, bud.
  • More Kryptonite: Nathan MacKinnon’s was Matt Duchene. His Hart-worthy regular season has continued this postseason. Can one man single-handedly lift a team to victory? The Avs are hoping so.
  • The Ducks are being eaten alive by the Sharks. It’s not Kryptonite — it’s just the food chain. The Ducks are one of the last big, slow and heavy teams in an NHL built for speed. There will be no two-games-down miracle like there was last year.