By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
David Pastrnak scored two more goals on Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils, crossing the 150 mark for his career and extending his NHL lead to 19 in a 5-1 Bruins road win. Pastrnak became the second-fastest Bruin to score 150 goals, accomplishing the feat in 341 games. Only Barry Pederson (316 games) did it faster.
Pastrnak’s first goal, the 150th of his career, started thanks to the Bruins’ aggressive defense in a dominating all-around effort for the unit. Young blue liner Urho Vaakanainen got the Bruins’ rush going with a breakout pass from behind the Devils’ net as David Krejci redirected it to the neutral zone. Brad Marchand caught the Devils in a brief 2-on-1 then slowed down and waited for his passing lane to open before feeding Pastrnak for the one-timer and the score that put the Bruins up 2-0 at the time.
Pastrnak’s second score came on the power play early in the third period, as he bombed it from the point to answer a late-second-period Devils goal and make it 3-1 Bruins.
Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk also scored two goals for the Bruins, with Connor Clifton rounding out the tallies. Bruins defensemen outscored the Devils’ blue liners 3-0 committed just six giveaways to New Jersey’s 15 in the game.
Up Next: Pastrnak and the Bruins will return home to Boston for a Thursday matchup against the Buffalo Sabres, who are fourth in the division and one point out of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference as of Tuesday.
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