Pastrnak’s Hat Trick Lifts B’s in Road Trip Finale

ANAHEIMHampus Lindholm may have only seen David Pastrnak twice a year during his time with the Ducks, but there was one particular performance by the winger that is hard to forget: Pastrnak’s only career four-goal game, which came against Anaheim on Oct. 14, 2019, at TD Garden.

“He’s a special player,” said Lindholm. “The way he can move the puck and put it in the back of the net, it’s really special. It’s fun to have him on my side finally.”

Lindholm quite enjoyed that fact on Sunday night when Pastrnak potted his 13th Career hat trick during Boston’s 7-1 rubbing of the Ducks at Honda Center. Pastrnak moved past Johnny Bucyk for sole possession of third place on the B’s all-time hat tricks list and is now just one back of tying Cam Neely for second.

“It will never get old,” Pastrnak said of his hat trick haul, which does not include two others in the postseason. “You’re scoring goals in the best league in the world. It’s not easy. I will never take it for granted. It’s my job to score goals. It still makes you happy.”

Boston was more than happy with Pastrnak’s performance as it secured a perfect 3-0 swing through California, while extending their point streak to 14 games (11-0-3) and improving their overall record to an astonishing 32-4-4 on the season. The Black & Gold’s 68 points are the second-most through 40 games in NHL history (Boston, 71 in 1929-30), while their 32 wins also equal the second-most through 40 games in league lore with the 1944-45 Canadiens ( the 1929-30 B’s had 35 wins).

Pastrnak’s first goal of the night opened the scoring (his 62na career game-opening goal) and secured his sixth career 30-goal season, making him just the seventh player in Bruins history to achieve that feat (Phil Esposito and Rick Middleton, 8; Johnny Bucyk, 7; Peter McNab, Cam Neely, and Patrice Bergeron, 6). The winger also became the third player this season to hit the 30-goal plateau, joining Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (33) and Buffalo’s Tage Thompson (31).

“You can’t teach Krejci finding, buying time and Pasta just stopping there,” Montgomery said of the center’s feed from behind the net and Pastrnak’s one-timer finish from the right-wing circle to put Boston on top, 1-0, at 3:49 of the first. “Goal scorers know how to get open, that’s why they continue to score goals. That shot was amazing.”

Video: BOS@ANA: Pastrnak scores three goals against Ducks

Pastrnak later assisted on Krejci’s first-period marker to double the Bruins’ lead, before burying two goals in the middle frame – just 17 seconds apart – including a gorgeous breakaway finish that had Boston ahead, 4-1, after 40 minutes.

“Elite, creative – he’s like an artist the different ways he scores,” said Montgomery. “Everyone talks about the one timers, but he scores off his front foot, his back foot, his backhand, fakes. I would have broken my ankle if I was the goalie in the nets on that breakaway one.”

Pastrnak’s 30th goal of the season came in his 40th game, which set a new personal best after doing it in 42 games during the 2019-20 campaign. He is now the seventh different Bruin to score 30 or more goals in 40 games or fewer, joining Esposito (four times), Neely (1993-94), Dit Clapper (1929-30), Herb Cain (1943-44), Bill Cowley (1943-44), and Cooney Weiland (1929-30).

“The puck went in, obviously, I had some good looks,” said Pastrnak. “I was able to capitalize. Games like this sometimes, it’s good. Overall, unbelievable trip for us. Let’s go home now.”

Video: Pastrnak with a hat trick in BOS win over ANA

At Hampus Homecoming

Lindholm was making his own type of homecoming on Sunday night as he returned to Honda Center for the first time as a visitor. The blue liner spent the first nine seasons of his career in Anaheim before being traded to the Bruins last March for Urho Vaakanainen, John Moore, a 2022 first-round pick, and two other draft picks.

“It was weird,” said Lindholm. “Walking in, I got lost walking around the locker room and didn’t really know where to go. It was a different feeling, but happy with the two points and the process. We’ve been playing good here on this road trip, so nice to be able to go back home after a big win.”

During the first period, the Ducks acknowledged Lindholm with a video tribute highlighting not only his play on the ice, but also his personality and community work away from the rink.

“It kind of shaped me in my first couple years in the NHL, being here,” said Lindholm. “The organization has been so good to me. I’ve had so many family and friends here. Great memories. I’m obviously super happy about all that, but it’s a new chapter for me now which I’m really excited about as well.”

Lindholm capped the night with his fifth goal of the season when he pinched down the wall all the way into the corner and fired a shot from a bad angle that sneaked past Anaheim goalie John Gibson to extend the Bruins’ lead to 6-1 with 8 :34 to go.

“I was shooting to score,” said Lindholm. “I’ve tried to get in my head to shoot a little bit more. Good things happen when you shoot, I feel like. It was nice to see it go in.”

Don’t Poke the Bear

The Bruins acknowledged that they were unhappy with a scrum following Anaheim’s only goal late in the first period when Trevor Zegras seemed to bark something at Trent Frederic in front of the Boston bench.

“Yeah, for sure. You can’t do that after a goal,” said Pastrnak. “You have to have some certain respect. You can’t score a goal and then yell at the opponent no matter what happened in the sequence beforeā€¦it hypes everybody else up.”

Montgomery felt that early in the second the Bruins let the emotion occupy too much of their focus, though they quickly put it behind them following Pastrnak’s back-to-back tallies.

“Well, it had an effect in injecting emotion into the game, right?” said Montgomery. “I think that’s why that scrum happened, but after the first period I thought we got away from our game because of all that and we talked about our culture and how we want to represent ourselves and get back to playing real good hockey. I think we got back to our game.”

Video: Montgomery talks after 7-1 W over ANA

Feeling the Love

Boston was impressed by the vast number of Black & Gold fans that filled Honda Center on Sunday night and made themselves heard with a number of pro-Bruins chants throughout the night.

“It was outstanding,” said Pastrnak. “I think the whole bench in the third period took a second. It was pretty loud there cheering by Bruins fans. Respect for them to coming and support us. They were pretty loud.”

Montgomery noted that he has been taken aback by the amount of support the Bruins have received this season outside of Boston, especially during the trips to California, Colorado, and Florida.

“You know what’s been amazing, having not played for an Original Six or a team that has great fans like the Bruins and travels so well is how well we’re represented everywhere,” he said. “It makes you feel very lucky to be a part of the Bruins.”

Video: Pastrnak’s hat trick powers Bruins past Ducks

Wait, There’s More

  • With his assist on Pastrnak’s second goal, Patrice Bergeron notched his 600th Career helper, becoming just the fourth player in Bruins history to reach that mark, joining Ray Bourque (1,111), Johnny Bucyk (794), and Bobby Orr (624).
  • Krejci (goal, two assists) recorded his 188th career multi-point game, tying Ken Hodge for ninth most in Bruins history, per NHL Stats.
  • Jeremy Swayman made 28 saves for his fourth win in six games (4-0-2), including victories in both of his starts during the West Coast swing. “Really solid,” said Montgomery. “They had a lot of dangerous chances in the first 25-30 minutes. I thought we really took over once we got those two Pastrnak goals. The air in the balloon came out, I think.”

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