David Pastrnak considered day-to-day, questionable for Game 3

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For the first time all season, the Bruins had to play a game without David Pastrnak Thursday night. That was extremely unfortunate considering that it was Game 2 of an opening-round playoff series, one the Bruins lost 3-2 as the Hurricanes evened up the series.

It's unclear exactly what Pastrnak's injury is -- the only official word is the catch-all "unfit to participate" -- but video did show him appearing to wince in pain after jumping up to celebrate Patrice Bergeron's overtime winner in Game 1. It's possible he had the injury before that, though.

No Pastrnak tonight, looks like it might have been an abdominal injury of sorts, you can see here where he is celebrating the overtime goal he grabs his side #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/VzXSZfVTIR

— Petrov McGuire (@McguirePetrov) August 13, 2020

After Game 2, Cassidy provided an update on Pastrnak's status.

"He was questionable from the game yesterday afternoon," Cassidy said. "This morning he was getting treatment. Unfit to participate. We don't believe it'll be long-term. It's a day-to-day thing, we hope. So obviously targeting Saturday at noon. But until we see him tomorrow, and it's tough Saturday at noon because it's tough to test it, get out skating in a morning skate type of thing. It'll probably be right down to the game time again on Saturday."

Anders Bjork moved up to the top line in Pastrnak's place and played pretty well with Bergeron and Brad Marchand all things considered. In the trio's 7:34 of five-on-five ice time together, the Bruins held a 17-9 advantage in shot attempts and 10-3 advantage in shots on goal.

Pastrnak's finishing was missed early on, though, when Bjork got a great look right in front but shot right into Carolina goalie James Reimer. After the game, Cassidy used that play as an example of where Bjork still needs to improve while still praising his game overall.

Cassidy mentioned several options he considered with Pastrnak out, including putting either Jack Studnicka or Charlie Coyle on the top line, and said they would evaluate their options again if Pastrnak has to miss another game.

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