David Pastrnak, like his Boston Bruins teammates, showed plenty of resiliency in the third period of the B’s improbable 6-4 comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
The 21-year-old forward turned the puck over in the neutral zone in the first minute of the third period, and the ensuing Hurricanes rush toward the B’s net resulted in Carolina scoring for a 4-1 lead.
A lot of young players would’ve let that mistake, which appeared to put the game away, negatively affect them the rest of the night.
But Pastrnak did the opposite, and he led the Bruins’ comeback.
His first goal of the night trimmed Carolina’s lead to 4-3, as he fired a missile past Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward. It was the second of three Bruins goals in a span of 77 seconds that tied the score.
Pastrnak scored his second goal on a rocket of a slap shot with 3:30 left in the third period. It came on the power play after ‘Canes defenseman Justin Faulk took a delay of game penalty for chipping the puck over the glass.
Finally, the winger completed the first hat trick of his NHL career with an empty-net goal at 18:26 in the third frame.
This is the kind of response teams want to see from a 21-year-old star. He didn’t let a bad mistake dampen his energy or competitiveness. Pastrnak was determined to make up for it and he did that and more.
His 4-point night gives him 65 points (25 goals, 40 assists) through 65 games, putting the young forward on pace to set a career high in scoring for a single season.
Here are some other notes from Bruins vs. Hurricanes:
— Here’s where Pastrnak ranks among young Bruins goal scorers.
— Brad Marchand scored his 30th goal of the season with a tally at the end of the first period. He’s the first Bruins player to score 30-plus goals in three straight seasons since Glen Murray did it from 2002-04.
— The Bruins penalty kill gave up two goals to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, and it allowed another two tallies Tuesday. The B’s penalty kill now has surrendered six power-play goals in the last six games. The PK has been a strength of the Bruins’ for most of the season, but it’s really struggling of late. Patrice Bergeron’s absence is a factor, but there’s more than enough penalty killing skill on this team to do the job well without the veteran forward.
It’s also worth noting the Bruins have put their opponent on the power play four or more times in six of the last seven games this month. That happened just once in the final six games of February. The Bruins need to be more disciplined and not give opponents so many opportunities to cash in on the power play.
— The Bruins signed University of Wisconsin forward Trent Frederic to a three-year entry-level contract Tuesday. The deal begins in the 2018-19 campaign.
Frederic was selected in the first round (29th overall) of the 2016 NHL draft. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after tallying 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) in 36 games for the Badgers. He will play with the AHL’s Providence Bruins for the rest of the 2017-18 season.
— Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has climbed another place on the league’s all-time games played leaderboard.
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