Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Canadiens in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:
David Pastrnak reaches another level: David Pastrnak was due on Wednesday. After all, it had been a whopping four games and 11 total days since the B’s winger had lit the lamp. Kidding aside, Pastrnak picked a good time to snap out of his scoring “drought” on Wednesday, tallying his fourth hat trick of the season to lead the Bruins past the Canadiens, 4-1, at TD Garden. Pastrnak, who leapfrogged Alex Ovechkin and Auston Matthews in the Rocket Richard Trophy race, is now up to 41 goals through 58 games played this season — with the 23-year-old skater surpassing the 40-goal threshold for the first time in his impressive young career.
Boston, which has now won seven of its last eight games, gave itself some breathing room in the Atlantic, putting three points between it and the surging Lightning for first place within the division. Good defense led to offense throughout the night for the Bruins — as Brad Marchand set up Pastrnak’s opening tally of the evening at 6:59 in the first after intercepting a Jonathan Drouin pass in the neutral zone and feeding his linemate during an impressive dangle-fest through three skaters. Pastrnak generated his second goal with a nifty play in Boston’s own zone, knocking the puck off of Jeff Petry’s stick and jumpstarting a 2-on-1 scoring sequence with Sean Kuraly. Pastrnak capped off the rush with his 40th goal of the year — becoming the first Bruins skater to light the lamp 40 times in a single season since Glen Murray reached 44 tallies during the 2002-03 campaign.
Montreal answered back 36 seconds later off of a Marco Scandella wrister from the high slot, but Boston snuffed out any chance of a Habs rally later in the second period — with Pastrnak capping off his hat trick with a power-play tally at 15:45.
Tuukka Rask shut the door in the third, stopping all 10 shots came his way in the period en route to a 28-save performance, while Patrice Bergeron added an empty-netter with 20 seconds left on the clock.