By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
In case you missed the memo: Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak are extremely good.
But it would appear that the one-two punch to left and right of Patrice Bergeron on the Black and Gold’s top line are now historically good thanks to Monday’s performances in a 6-4 victory over the Penguins at TD Garden.
According to TSN’s StatsCentre, Marchand’s five-point night and Pastrnak’s two-point night were enough to make them the first set of winger teammates in league history to average at least two points per game each through the first 14 games of a season.
Marchand’s night was headlined by a home run goal scored against Matt Murray in the first period, as well as the game-winning goal scored on Tristan Jarry with just 1:57 remaining in the third period of a 4-4 contest. Marchand also came through with three helpers in the win, and led all Boston skaters (even defensemen) with 24:21 of ice-time by the night’s end.
Pastrnak, meanwhile, scored Boston’s third goal of the evening (the one that chased Murray), good for his league-best 14th goal of the season (and through just 14 games of the 2019-20 season) and finished with two points, giving him 29 points on the year. It’s an even better start than the one Pastrnak had just one year ago, which featured 12 goals and 17 points in 14 games.
Pastrnak (2.07) and Marchand (2.00) are the only two players in all of hockey to average at least two points per game while playing at least 14 games this season. The Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl is second, with 1.73 points per game.