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Lighting The Lamp: Ranking top 20 goals of Bruins season (10-1)

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Regardless of if/when the NHL returns this summer, the stat book on the 2019-20 regular season has officially been closed —  denying “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner David Pastrnak of his campaign toward 50 goals, among other individual pursuits. 

Still, even during an abbreviated 70-game campaign, the Bruins managed to land quite a few punches against the opposition — ranking seventh in the league with 227 goals.

Sure, plenty of those tallies came off the stick of Pastrnak (48), but just about every skater on Bruce Cassidy’s roster chipped in with a number of highlights throughout another promising season for the B’s.

As we await the potential return of NHL hockey — and with the regular season now in the rearview — let’s take a look back at the top 20 goals from Boston’s 2019-20 campaign. We’re judging these entries not only based on difficulty and playmaking needed to set up such a tally — but also off of the added context or weight behind a number of those goals.  

After rolling through our picks for 20-11, let’s close this thing out with Goals 10-1: 

10. Pastrnak ends things in Edmonton - Feb. 19, 2020

What’s better, the feed from David Krejci or the finish from David Pastrnak

Both deserve plenty of credit for this game-winning tally, with Pastrnak rewarding Krejci’s heads-up play by tucking the puck through Mike Smith’s five-hole on a backhand shot just 1:14 into overtime. 

With the tally, Pastrnak tied Auston Matthews for the league lead with 43 goals on the year. It’s a shame that we never reached complete finality on what was going to be a riveting “Rocket” Richard race between No. 88 (48 goals), Alex Ovechkin (48) and Matthews (47). Still, Pastrnak likely won't have any qualms about sharing the accolade with Ovechkin this season. 

9. Batter up - Feb. 27, 2020

Krejci dropping the gloves with Joe Pavelski might have been the highlight from this 4-3 victory over the Stars, but this tally from Charlie Coyle also managed to bring the Garden crowd to its feet.

I don’t know about you, but the Red Sox scouting department might want to send a few personnel down to Weymouth, because this was some impressive hand-eye coordination from the B’s center on this sequence. 

8. Marchand + Pastrnak carve up Detroit - Feb. 15, 2020

Need some proof that hockey is a chaotic, unpredictable mess most of the time? The 2019-20 Red Wings — truly one of the worst clubs assembled in quite some time — managed to post a 2-1-0 record against the Bruins. Yep, a Detroit club with a record of 17-49-5. Yeesh. 

But Boston finally broke through in its last meeting with the Red Wings, besting them, 4-1, at TD Garden back in February.

Despite having their number over their first two matchups, the Red Wings had few answers for the Bruins’ top wingers during this sequence — with Marchand dangling past Andreas Athanasiou before setting up Pastrnak for a one-time blast. 

Not much you can do there.

7. DeBrusk sticks with the play - March 3, 2020

Jake DeBrusk sure picked a great time to snap a 10-game goalless skid — tallying this eventual game-winning goal in what was a key 2-1 victory over the Lightning at Amalie Arena. 

While DeBrusk has occasionally trudged through scoring slumps during his NHL career, they usually aren’t due to a lack of effort — with the winger finally getting rewarded for sticking with the play here.

DeBrusk made his move as a puck skittered out of Boston’s zone and into center ice, recovering the biscuit after beating Zach Bogosian in a foot race. Even though DeBrusk was tripped up by a diving Bogosian just before reaching the puck, he managed to recover in a hurry — corralling the puck and skating in alone on Andrei Vasilevskiy. 

Matched up one on one against the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, DeBrusk made the most of the short amount of ice in front of him — lifting the puck over Vasilevskiy’s blocker to give Boston a lead it would not relinquish down in Tampa Bay.

6. Krejci ends it in OT - Nov. 29, 2019

Much like the Marchand + Pastrnak tally against Detroit, some times you just have to shrug your shoulders and laugh. 

Granted, the Rangers weren’t doing that after this OT tally from Krejci, but there wasn’t much that the Blueshirts could do after Pastrnak undressed Pavel Buchnevich upon entering the O-zone. 

Rather than attempt a shot against Henrik Lundqvist, Pastrnak instead took advantage of the open ice available during the 3v3 sequence, drawing Buchnevich and another Rangers skater away from the slot as they pursued the puck carrier. 

As the Rangers’ defensive structure collapsed, Pastrnak pounced — feeding the puck back to Krejci, who rifled the shot into twine to cap off a 3-2 comeback win. More puck wizardry from No. 88.

5. Between The Legs - Oct. 22, 2019

Let’s be frank, just about any of these goals in the top 5 could very well earn the top spot — because they’re all downright filthy. 

Pastrnak has indeed tormented Toronto over the years — racking up 39 points in his last 27 games against the Leafs (postseason included) — but this tally was the cherry on top.

Along with the optics of Pastrnak actually reeling off this filthy, spin-around move down in the crease against Michael Hutchinson  — this was also a milestone tally for the B’s winger. 

With that goal, Pastrnak reached 300 career points — making him just the fourth player in Bruins history to reach the scoring milestone in under 350 games, joining Barry Pederson, Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque. 

4. “Frank The Tank”- Nov. 23, 2019