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Watch Bruins star David Pastrnak dominate Canadiens with latest hat trick

Watch Bruins star David Pastrnak dominate Canadiens with latest hat trick

BOSTON -- The Montreal Canadiens have had no answer for David Pastrnak this season.

The Boston Bruins winger entered Wednesday night's game against the Canadiens at TD Garden with five goals in his previous three games versus Montreal in the 2019-20 campaign, and he added three more through two periods.

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Pastrnak got the scoring started in the first period when he finished off a tremendous pass by linemate Brad Marchand, who had dangled past a Canadiens defender just seconds before.

Pastrnak found the back of the net twice in the second period, beginning with a nice move to beat Canadiens goaltender Carey Price on a 2-on-1 scoring chance.

Pastrnak completed his hat trick with a power-play tally toward the end of the second frame. 

The 23-year-old forward now leads the NHL with 41 goals scored this season, one ahead of Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin. Pastrnak's latest hat trick is his ninth in the last 175 games. He's the first Bruin to have four hat tricks in a season since Phil Esposito in 1974-75.

He has a tremendous chance to become the Bruins' first 50-goal scorer since Cam Neely accomplished the feat in 1993-94.

Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara lead NHL in plus-minus this decade

Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara lead NHL in plus-minus this decade

The Boston Bruins were the NHL's best team before the league hit pause on the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus, and it's not hard to see why. 

The B's are one of the best defensive teams in the entire NHL. They have allowed the least goals with 167 and rank eighth in shots against per games played with 30.  

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Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara are a big reason why Boston has found plenty of defensive success over the last decade. The trio ranks one, two and three in plus-minus from the 2010-11 season to the 2019-20 campaign. 

Although those three have the best plus-minus in the league, a majority of the B's 2019-20 roster is solid defensively. 

If the NHL season does resume at some point, you can bet on the Bruins being just as good as they were before the league hit pause. 

 

Bruins prospect Jeremy Swayman named Hobey Baker finalist

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Bruins prospect Jeremy Swayman named Hobey Baker finalist

Bruins prospect Jeremy Swayman will begin his professional career once the NHL regular season pause is over, but the goaltending prospect has already ended his college career in style.

The University of Maine goaltender was named one of three Hobey Baker finalists as the top player in all of NCAA hockey this past season after a tremendous year with the Black Bears.

Swayman, a fourth round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2017, finished up his junior season in Orono by playing over 2,000 minutes and leading the nation in saves (a school-record 1,099) with a 2.07 goals against average and a .939 save percentage (second in the country).  

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Swayman earned Hockey East Player of the Year and Mike Richter Finalist honors in addition to being named a Hobey Baker finalist and leaves the Black Bears in the same rarified air as fellow Maine alums like Ben Bishop and Jimmy Howard.

The 21-year-old Swayman signed an entry level contract with the Bruins last month and will embark on his professional career once hockey has resumed. Swayman obviously will be in need of some development at the pro level before he’s considered NHL material in Boston, but he’ll be in the pipeline to be the heir apparent to the No. 1 gig in Boston along with fellow prospects Daniel Vladar and Kyle Keyser.

Swayman joins University of Minnesota Duluth defenseman Scott Perunovich and University of North Dakota forward Jordan Kawaguchi as the three finalists up for college hockey’s top honor, which will be announced on April 11.