Shoot Fast: David Pastrnak Stat Proves He’s NHL’s Best Opening-Goal Scorer

Pasta scores early and often


April 30, 2021

Good things happen when David Pastrnak shoots early and often.

The Boston Bruins right wing has been the NHL’s most prolific opening-goal scorer since the start of last season, according to a stat the league shared Thursday night. Pastrnak scored the first goal Thursday night in the Bruins’ 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, taking his tally of openers since the start of the 2019-20 campaign to 23. His closest rivals are some distance behind him.

“David Pastrnak scored his 23rd game-opening goal dating to last season,” the NHL’s public relations account wrote in a tweet. “@pastrnak96?s totals are 11 more than the next closest players (Nikolaj Ehlers, Auston Matthews & Travis Konecny all w/ 12).”

Although Pastrnak is a first-goal specialist, a closer look at his stats shows he’s perfectly capable of scoring in other situations: Of the 67 goals he has scored since the start of last season, 23 of them have been openers, comprising 34 percent of his tallies.

Pasta not only is a fast scorer. He’s a balanced one, too.

Thumbnail photo via Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports Images
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