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David Pastrnak predicts this Bruins rival to win Hart Trophy in 2019-20

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David Pastrnak predicts this Bruins rival to win Hart Trophy in 2019-20

Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak is coming off the best season of his NHL career, but he's not picking himself to win the Hart Trophy in the upcoming 2019-20 campaign.

No, he's predicting one of the Bruins' top rivals, Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will take home the league's MVP award next season.

Pastrnak's teammates Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron could be contenders for the Hart Trophy next year as well, but his pick of Matthews is a good one.

The Leafs center tallied a career-high 73 points (36 goals, 37 assists) despite injury limiting him to just 68 games last season. Assuming the 21-year-old center plays close to a full 2019-20 season, it's quite possible he could win the MVP given his extraordinary scoring and playmaking talents. Matthews has scored 111 goals with 94 assists in 212 career games for Toronto.

Individual awards are nice to win, but the only thing Leafs fans care about is advancing past the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Leafs have been eliminated in Game 7 of the first round by Pastrnak and the Bruins in each of last season years. In fact, three of Toronto's last four playoff appearances ended with a Game 7 first-round defeat to the B's at TD Garden in Boston.

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Highlights from the Bruins' 3-1 win over the Flyers in preseason

Highlights from the Bruins' 3-1 win over the Flyers in preseason

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 3, Flyers 1

IN BRIEF: The Bruins grabbed their first win of the preseason in convincing fashion over the Flyers Thursday night. Danton Heinen, Peter Cehlarik and Connor Clifton netted goals for Boston in this one. 

BRUINS PRESEASON RECORD: 1-1-0

HIGHLIGHTS:

HEINEN STRIKES FIRST

HALAK WITH A CRAZY SAVE

FLYERS TIE THE GAME 

CEHLARIK PUT THE B'S BACK ON TOP

CONNOR CLIFTON MAKES IT 3-1

UP NEXT:

@ Blackhawks, Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
vs Flyers, Monday, 7:00 p.m., NHL Network 

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Jaroslav Halak makes amazing save in Bruins' preseason game vs. Flyers

Jaroslav Halak makes amazing save in Bruins' preseason game vs. Flyers

Hockey is officially back, folks.

The Bruins and Flyers faced off in a preseason matchup on Thursday night, and it was Jaroslav Halak providing the most notable highlight. The veteran B's goaltender made an absolutely ridiculous save on Philadelphia's Morgan Frost in the first period.

Watch below:

Frost's reaction pretty much says it all.

The Bruins have four preseason games remaining, then they'll begin their 2019-20 campaign on Oct. 3 when they visit the Dallas Stars.

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