Penguins’ Dynamic Duo Spoils Pastrnak’s Debut
Thanks to the league’s best one-two punch of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, there’s a special buzz anytime the Pittsburgh Penguins come to town. With David Pastrnak making his NHL debut Monday night that buzz grew.
Unfortunately for Pastrnak and the Bruins, they had no answer for Crosby and or Malkin.
The duo accounted for all three Penguins’ goals and combined for five points as Malkin’s overtime tally 32 seconds into overtime gave the Penguins a 3-2 overtime win in Boston.
With Crosby racing down the wing carrying the puck and Malkin flying by his side, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had his hands full as the reigning Hart Trophy winner set up the Russian superstar for the game winning goal.
“Well I’m focused on the puck and I’m not giving him too much net to shoot at and there’s a net drive guy and I’ve got to be ready for that pass and that’s the worst case scenario for me because I’m so far out of my net to go across,” Rask said about the game-winner. “I got across, but I felt it hit my stick but I guess not enough”
Playing against the Bruins without Zdeno Chara for the first time in their career, Malkin and Crosby made the most of their golden opportunity. Malkin’s second period power play goal extended his point streak to five games.
Playing most of the night next to two familiar faces in Jordan Caron and Alex Khokhlachev, Pastrnak saw 7:53 of ice time. The Bruins’ first round pick also logged some time alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and even saw a handful of power play minutes.
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Despite the short amount of ice time, head coach Claude Julien was pleased with what he saw from the 18-year old.
“I thought he had good legs and so I put him on a couple lines here. And obviously you can see he’s a pretty dynamic player,” said Julien.
“He had that one shift with Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] line; March [Brad Marchand] and him had a real good shift there in the o-zone. I liked his game. I know he probably didn’t get a tone of ice time, but when he was out there I liked what he did.”
Postgame Video: David Pastrnak:
Pastrnak didn’t have much to say after the Bruins’ loss, a sign of a guy who is just happy to be here and a guy who wants to do whatever he can to help the team win.
“I mean, I think we played hard. We battled hard and tried to go to the net but it wasn’t enough,” Pastrnak stated. “Yeah, I tried to my best for the team and enjoy the time and enjoy the game.”
It wasn’t a perfect debut for Pastrnak, but you saw flashes of a kid who has some serious potential in this league.
”Yeah, he’s a good player. He’s very skilled and he didn’t play a ton but when he was out there he was making things happen,” said Brad Marchand who returned to the Bruins’ lineup Monday night. “You can see the talent that he has and the speed, so he did good.”
Hear what the Bruins had to say following their 3-2 overtime loss: