David Pastrnak paces Bruins to third straight win
The Boston Bruins won their third straight game on Saturday afternoon beating the Philadelphia Flyers behind two goals by David Pastrnak.
The B’s first round pick scored his first NHL goal on the power play to give the Black and Gold an early 1-0 lead then notched his first multi-goal game when he created a nice give-and-go with linemate David Krejci where he buried his second goal of the game giving the B’s a two-goal lead.
“It was something new, you know,” Pastrnak told reporters after the game. “Some new feeling is what I got after the goal. It was nice, I can’t describe it.”
At only 18 years-old, Pastrnak is starting to adapt to American hockey, but he is getting help from his idol Krejci in the process as he skated on a line with him for the second straight game.
“He’s a good player,” Krejci said. “From him to get those two goals, especially the first one, kind of gets the monkey off his back, gets him some confidence. Now he knows he can score in the NHL. That’s big, it took me 40 games. It’s good to see him get the first one and second one as well. Hopefully from now on he’ll feel more comfortable with the puck.”
Pastrnak is just what this team needed-a spark. It was a team that was starting to go in the wrong direction, but since his recall, the Black and Gold are 2-0 and have lit the lamp a total of six times.
His 10 goals and 17 assists in 24 games in Providence was his showcase that he was ready for the NHL for good and with his performance on Saturday, it may hold true.
Head coach Claude Julien is happy with Pastrnak and doesn’t see him shy away from any situation on the ice.
“I don’t see a fear in him at going to the net,” Julien noted. “I don’t see a fear in him going into corners. Right now it’s a matter of, is he strong enough and does he have the durability to go out and do that on a nightly basis in this league at 18. We’re evaluating as each game goes on.”
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Pastrnak played a season high 16:08 of ice time clipping his 16 minutes he played against the Anaheim Ducks on December 1st. In his seven games with the Black and Gold, the right-winger now has two goals and an assist with a plus-1 rating. He does have 20 shots on net too. He is not afraid to let it rip which bodes well for him under Julien.
Chris Kelly added the third goal for the B’s while Tuukka Rask notched his 17th victory of the season. Rask hasn’t lost a game in regulation since December 19th at Winnipeg.
Pastrnak is showing the hockey world why the B’s took him with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 draft. It was the first time the Black and Gold took a forward with their first choice since Tyler Seguin and they are hoping that it pays dividends.
It will be tough to send Pastrnak back down to Providence at a time where he is thriving. Sure, it’s just one game where he netted two goals, but he provided a spark. A spark the Black and Gold definitely need at this point in the season.
If Pastrnak is continually paired with Krejci and Milan Lucic returns to his normal slot, this line could spell trouble for opponents.
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