Why Bruins should keep David Pastrnak on new-look second line amid scoring surge

The decision to remove David Pastrnak from his usual first line spot to second-line right wing has not only jumpstarted his own offensive production in a huge way, it’s also given the entire Boston Bruins forward group a much-needed boost of scoring depth.

Pastrnak’s hot streak continued Thursday night when he scored twice — once at 5-on-5 and another on the power play — to help the B’s bounce back from a horrendous 7-1 defeat on Tuesday night and defeat the Washington Capitals 4-3 at TD Garden.

“Today was a big character win for us coming off the game the other day,” Pastrnak told reporters after the victory.

“It was a good opportunity for us to bounce back and that was our main focus. Washington is a really good team, and we knew it was gonna be a good challenge. For us, our main focus was to get back to work and obviously get back to the winning streak. It worked out today.”

Ever since Pastrnak was moved to a new-look second line with Taylor Hall at left wing and Erik Haula at center, the superstar right winger’s performance has risen a few levels. 

Here’s a look at his stats before and after the switch:

The chemistry between these linemates has developed at an impressive pace. It was on full display during the buildup to Pastrnak’s first goal Thursday night. Hall fed Pastrnak with a perfectly placed pass to set…

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