David Pastrnak Returns as Bruins Blank the Islanders
Boston, MA– One of the most impressive aspects of the 19-game point streak that the Boston Bruins went on recently was that they did it without their only 2018-19 All-Star representative and arguably their best player, David Pastrnak.
With 66 total points on the season before being sidelined with a thumb injury, the Bruins were definitely reaching a point in the season when they were desperately hoping to have Pastrnak return. Playoffs are right around the corner, though, and the Bruins definitely wanted to be careful and not rush back Pastrnak.
Instead, Pastrnak made his return to the lineup in last night's game against the New York Islanders and played 14 minutes on the ice. He did not have a huge impact in the game, but he did manage to attempt three shots on goal. The Bruins' impressive 5-0 shutout of the Islanders was carried by multiple other players who had some of their best games of the season.
Sean Kuraly got the scoring started just over a minute into the first period with a goal that was assisted by Charlie McAvoy. Kuraly continued his stellar performance with another goal, his eighth of the season, during the second period. The second goal was assisted by Danton Heinen. Also in the second period, Noel Acciari scored his fourth goal of the season on an unassisted effort.
The third period goals were buoyed by some of Boston's standout players as Patrice Bergeron scored his twenty-eighth of the season (assisted by Joakim Nordstrom and John Moore), and Jake DeBrusk finished Boston's 5-0 effort with an unassisted goal, good for his twenty-third on the season.
Boston's defense was also downright amazing as Tuukka Rask was only forced to save 13 shots, thanks to the impressive pressure on a high quality Islanders team from the Bruins' defensemen. Rask saved all of those shots to record his forty-fifth career shutout in net.
With the win, Boston improved to 44-20-9 with nine games left in the regular season. They are back in action again tomorrow night against the New Jersey Devils!