Talking Points: Pastrnak scores game-winner in overtime
David Pastrnak scored a pair of goals to give him 15 goals and 21 points in 21 games this season. The first score was a beauty of a finish from the slot after a spinning, no-look dish from Brad Marchand, and the second for the overtime game-winner was an electric, highlight reel move that posterized Florida defenseman Mark Matheson before he beat Roberto Luongo. Pastrnak finished with three shots on net, three giveaways and the two goals along with a plus-1 rating in his 18:25 of ice time and made certain that the Black and Gold went away with their two points. While the goals were definitely the easy highlights, perhaps the best part of Pastrnak’s night was how he battled to retain to possession in the corner from his knees in the moments leading up to his first goal scored in the second period.
I know Nick Bjugstad just came back from injury, but he absolutely looked like it in the Monday night loss to the Panthers. The big Florida forward finished with a minus-1 in 12:21 of ice time, had a couple of giveaways, no shots on net and lost 5-of-8 face-offs while generally not providing any push or presence around the net. He wasn’t the only one, of course, but he was the most conspicuously absent of the Panthers players until poor, flat-footed Mike Matheson was torched for the overtime game-winner by Pastrnak.
The Bruins could have simply been happy with the point in overtime, but they kept pushing and came away with the 3-on-3 OT win thanks to a little creative magic from David Krejci and David Pastrnak. The B’s got the only two shots of the extra session, and the Bruins ended it quickly just 1:23 into the OT. Pastrnak came way out of the zone, circled up and then gathered speed before Krejci hit him with a pass that allowed him to attack Matheson and the Florida net at full tilt. Both D-man and goalie had zero chances of stopping the Bruins leading scorer, and he quickly turned it into another two points for the Black and Gold.
David Backes finished with one of his best nights as a member of the Boston Bruins with five shots on net, three hits and a pair of blocked shots along with the third period goal that got the B’s into overtime. Backes now has seven goals on the season and most of them have arrived as he’s camped out in front of the net winning battles. This time it was Ryan Spooner flinging a puck at the net after resetting the play from the half-wall area, and then Backes getting a good redirect on the puck before it shot past Roberto Luongo. It was a full score sheet kind of night for Backes in his 20:16 of ice time, and it played a big part in the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
10-1-0 – the Bruins’ record in their last 11 games played against the Florida Panthers at TD Garden.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I think he's been our best forward since the beginning of the year.” – Claude Julien on David Pastrnak after he scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season to lead the Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Panthers.