How else to explain the Boston Bruins star tweeting Wednesday that Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson -- he of 78 goals in seven NHL seasons -- is "the best goal scorer in the league"? Pastrnak wouldn't drop that hot take of his own volition, would he?
Following the Bruins' exhibition game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Toronto on Thursday, Pastrnak was asked to clear the air -- and insisted he sent the tweet himself.
“I just felt like it," Pastrnak told reporters in a Zoom press conference, via MassLive.com. "I wanted to say it. It was my opinion. Nobody hacked my Twitter. It was all me and it was my own fingers typed that in."
"It was a little side bet with Tom from back in the day."
So, it sounds like Pastrnak lost a bet to Wilson at some point in the recent past.
What exactly did the wingers wager on? Pastrnak wouldn't elaborate -- "That’s where I would like to leave it" -- so your guess is as good as ours. The two did have a dust-up when the Bruins and Capitals met earlier this season, so maybe their bet stems from that.
Pastrnak -- who scored the Bruins' lone goal in Thursday's 4-1 loss to Columbus -- will see Wilson soon enough: Boston faces Washington on Sunday, Aug. 9, in one of their three Eastern Conference round-robin games of the NHL restart.
Tuukka Rask has shown evidence all along the way that he might be conflicted about returning to play for the Bruins this summer amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and now we have full confirmation with the Boston goaltender’s decision to opt out of the rest of the playoffs.
Rask made some pretty surprising comments after Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 2 that the playoffs were “dull” without the fans, and that the playoff games felt more like “exhibition games” without the fans in the stands inside the Toronto bubble.
“We knew this will be a mental challenge for all of our players and he just felt like he needed to be home with them at this particular time,” said Don Sweeney, noting that Rask had a newborn baby daughter born a few months ahead of the return to play in Toronto. “The priorities are in the right order and this is what he has to do at this time.”
On the ice, Rask had an .899 save percentage and a 3.00 goals against average in the two games vs. Carolina and had showed little battle in fighting to track the puck through traffic in front while also showing body language that indicated he wasn’t feeling the playoff intensity either.
“I want to be with my teammates competing, but at this moment there are things more important than hockey in my life, and that is being with my family,” said Rask in a statement released by the Bruins. “I want to thank the Bruins and my teammates for their support and wish them success.”
Clearly, it’s the right decision for Rask and his family to go home if that’s what his heart is telling him to do in these most difficult times.
Leaving the Bruins in the middle of a postseason series against the Hurricanes means that the No. 1 goaltender for the rest of the postseason will be Jaroslav Halak with Daniel Vladar likely to be the backup for the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“I want to be with my teammates competing, but at this moment there are things more important than hockey in my life, and that is being with my family," Rask said in a statement. "I want to thank the Bruins and my teammates for their support and wish them success.”
The fact people on here are mad at him is absolutely disgusting. You have no clue what these guys deal with in their personal lives. These aren’t just athletes, these are real people too. Have a little respect.