Goal No. 20? Czech.
David Pastrnak notched his 20th goal of the season in the first period Thursday night vs the Lightning. It took the 22-year-old only 28 games to accomplish the feat, making him the second-quickest Czech-born player to do so. The quickest? That would be Jaromir Jagr.
Pastrnak is now tied for second in the NHL in goals, trailing only Winnipeg's Patrik Laine and Tampa Bay's Brayden Point (21).
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting locked into a show on Hulu called Castle Rock that’s based on people and places from the world of Stephen King. It’s pretty darn good.
*If you have one of these hockey trading cards from back in the day, you could get a fortune for it right now!
*If you’re not rolling with Bobby Orr as part of your best D-tandem in Bruins history, I have to question your soundness of body and mind.
*The Anaheim Ducks are betting on goaltender John Gibson by signing him to an eight-year contract extension.
*This Russian kid has got moves like Jagr, moves like Jagr, mooooo-oooooves like Jagr.
*Here are some key factors for the Chicago Blackhawks as they look for a big return to form next season after a second straight disappointing campaign.
*The sight of just how bad the Mighty Ducks kid who played Goldberg looks in his mug shot as a 39-year-old brings to mind an old Dave Chappelle episode: “Cocaine is a hell of a drug.”
*Alex Kovalev might be right about his comments on the current status of the NHL, but it doesn’t change just how much of a liability he could be when he played as well.
*For something completely different: You might find this hard to believe, but self-driving cars are actually really, really dangerous.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while welcoming Marcus Smart back into the fold. Good contract for a guy that’s probably worth more to the Celtics than he would be to just about anybody else.
*It looks like Jaromir Jagr will play some hockey next season, but it also looks like it won’t be in the NHL for the surefire Hall of Famer.
*A list of the greatest NHL players to wear each jersey number with a good idea who the choices would be for No. 77 and No. 4…at the very least. This is a good companion piece to the list that we just put out for the best Bruins player to wear each jersey number that the team ever issued.
*The cyberbullying case between Melina Karlsson and Mike Hoffman’s girlfriend continues with more legal filings as both sides attempt to find out the truth.
*Pro Hockey Talk has an entertaining, wide-ranging Q&A session with PK Subban about any number of topics involving the Nashville D-man.
*Da Beauty League is once again getting into full swing in Minnesota for many familiar NHL players looking to stay in skating shape.
*For something completely different: The 2018 TV season hasn’t been good for new hit shows in their second season.