Big helping of Pasta
Winger’s hat trick helps red-hot Bruins rip Wings
At 22 years old and just 259 regular-season games into his NHL career, David Pastrnak has 100 goals.
The talented winger reached — and surpassed — the milestone with a hat trick to lead the Bruins to an 8-2 rout of the Red Wings yesterday at the Garden. The B’s were perfect on their three-game homestand and have won four straight after losing the season opener in Washington.
“He’s grown up, he’s trying to get everyone involved,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said of Pastrnak, who scored his 99th, 100th and 101st career goals. “It’s part of being a good teammate. In the second period, he had a turnover and really hustled back. Parts of his game are growing.”
It was the second Bruins hat trick of the homestand. Patrice Bergeron had three goals in the Garden opener against Ottawa.
Pastrnak now has two regular-season hat tricks, plus one in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs in April. He became the thirdfastest Bruins player to reach the 100-goal plateau behind Barry Pederson and Dit Clapper.
“It’s been quick, and I’m glad that I get to be a part of this and enjoying every moment of playing here,” Pastrnak said.
The first period was uneventful until Pastrnak opened the floodgates with 51 seconds left.
After a Sean Kuraly pass came in too hot and missed Pastrnak, the winger found space carrying the puck into the offensive zone and sniped home his fifth goal of the season.
“Nobody really checked me,” he said. “I think they were in the middle of a line change, you know, and nobody really come at me . . . so I just kept going forward and the (defense) gave me the space to shoot the puck, so I tried and it went in.”
Charlie McAvoy netted his first of the season at 4:44 of the second. Bergeron won a clean faceoff back to the young defenseman, who wristed a shot through traffic for a 2-0 lead.
Jake DeBrusk barely missed a goal on a breakaway early in the second, but at 11:27, he took a long pass from David Krejci and backhanded a shot past Jonathan Bernier for his first goal of the season.
“It was only five games, and I guess that’s pretty small in the grand scheme of things, but it was getting on me, and I think I just had some chances where I’d like to do those over again,” DeBrusk said. “It was nice to get a nice break.”
Pastrnak scored his second goal on a power play, firing a shot from the left circle to make it 4-0 with 3:40 left in the period.
With Brad Marchand in the box for delay of game, the Red Wings got on the board. Filip Hronek scored his first of the season 21 seconds into the third period.
The Bruins, and Pastrnak, weren’t quiet for long.
The winger took a dish on a
perfect 2-on-1 with Marchand (who was credited with his ninth assist of the season) and extended the lead to 5-1 just 2:05 into the third. Down came the hats.
“It shows he’s trying to grow his game,” Cassidy said. “That’s what good players do.”
Red Wings leading scorer Dylan Larkin beat Tuukka Rask — who finished with 32 saves — with 11:37 to go in the third to make it 5-2 while shorthanded.
Anders Bjork responded with his first goal of the season on an unassisted snipe past Bernier with 9:48 left in the game.
DeBrusk scored his second on a pass from Brandon Carlo at 15:15. Kuraly scored the final goal with one second remaining.
The eight goals were a season high for the Bruins, who begin a four-game road trip Wednesday against the Calgary Flames.
NUMBER ONE STAR: David Pastrnak celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game, much to the delight of the Garden crowd during the Bruins’ 8-2 rout of the Detroit Red Wings yesterday. Pastrnak has seven goals in five games this season. BRUINS 8, RED WINGS 2