David Pastrnak Nets Hat Trick in 6-3 Thrashing of the Rangers
Boston, MA– In the five games since the Boston Bruins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in a relatively subdued 2-1 game, the offense has been the story as 39 cumulative goals were scored during those five games between the Bruins and their opponents.
The Bruins have been on a 5-1 streak since that 2-1 game with wins coming over the New York Islanders (5-0), the New Jersey Devils (5-1), the Florida Panthers (7-3), and the New York Rangers (6-3). Boston's sole loss during this period came at the hands of the first place and dominant Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 5-4. The Lightning are the runaway favorites in the NHL this year with 122 points and a 59-14-4 record. Tampa Bay is one of four teams in NHL history to record fifty-nine wins and they have the all-time record in sight.
During this game, the electric Lightning offense was too much for Boston as they rallied past a 4-2 deficit in the third period; they simply overpowered goalie Tuukka Rask. Boston's scoring came courtesy of Charlie Coyle, Brandon Carlo, and two goals from Brad Marchand, one of which was on a power play.
Rebounding from this loss in a major way, the Bruins thumped the Rangers with a 6-3 score. With Jaroslav Halak in net to save 20 shots, the Bruins lit up the Rangers with goals from Jake DeBrusk, Patrice Bergeron, and Charlie McAvoy, the latter two's goals coming on a power play. David Pastrnak was the real star, though, as he proved he had fully returned from his injury with a hat trick that led to his thirty-sixth goal of the season. Two of Pastrnak's goals came on power plays, as well, but it was still thrilling to watch Boston's best put on a show. (Marchand and David Krejci combined for five assists during the game.)
With 103 points in the standings, second place in the Eastern Conference is all but assured for the Bruins, as they now stand at 47-21-9 with five games left to play in the season. The next game is this afternoon, facing the Panthers again.
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