Big help­ing of Pasta

Winger’s hat trick helps red-hot Bru­ins rip Wings

Boston Herald - - NHL SCOREBOARD - By MARISA INGEMI Twit­ter: @Marisa_Ingemi

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY CHRIS CHRISTO

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

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