An unpredictable & effective David Pastrnak is pushing Bruins’ top line to new heights

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

For the first time since October 12, David Pastrnak failed to light the lamp in a regular-season matchup. 

In the five games preceding Boston’s 7-4 trouncing of the Rangers on Sunday night, Pastrnak was the bane of many a netminder around the league — finding the back of the net nine times during that stretch. At one point, the 23-year-old forward tallied five straight goals for Boston — falling just one short of the franchise record (Glen Murray, six consecutive goals in 2004). 

But under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, Pastrnak opted to not simply lurk around his office at the left circle, waiting to uncork a one-time bomb.  Rather, the winger instead put more emphasis on the finer details of his game — establishing himself at the netfront, winning battles at the half wall and more.

Patrice Bergeron appreciated his linemate’s efforts when it came to growing his game against the Blueshirts, rather than just relying on his already established strengths in the offensive zone. 

But just because Pastrnak didn’t score a goal — it doesn’t mean that the Rangers had an answer for him on Sunday night.

“I think he’s got five points,” Bergeron joked when asked to comment on his teammate’s focus on the “little things” against New York.