Boston Bruins

Nov 26, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammates during the first period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

It had been 32 years since the last Boston hat trick on Canadiens ice.

In fact, the Bell Centre didn’t even exist when Steve Kasper recorded a hat trick against the Habs on Nov. 30, 1987.

But David Pastrnak put an end to that drought on Tuesday, as he pummeled three goals in a 14:42 stretch to help power the Bruins through Carey Price and Co. in an 8-1 final.

Pastrnak began his fun from a familiar spot on the Boston man advantage, as he hammered a one-time feed from Charlie Coyle through Price at the 14:24 mark of the first frame, re-establishing Boston’s lead after a Shea Weber strike made it 1-1.

Carrying a 3-1 lead into the first intermission, Pastrnak put himself on the board with his second goal of the evening just eight seconds into the second period, and scored his third goal of the evening with Price tagged out for backup Keith Kinkaid on a deflection that beat Kinkaid.

And just like that, No. 88 had his second performance of at least three goals of the year, and his sixth hat trick since the start of the 2016-17 season. Those six hat tricks tie Pastrnak with Connor McDavid for the third-most in hockey over that stretch, with only Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine (seven) and the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin (eight) having more three-goal nights since 2016.

This dominant night was about more than just Pastrnak, though, as Brad Marchand got on the board with the 600th point of his NHL career with his goal scored in the final minute of the first period. The tally made Marchand just the 11th player in team history to record at least 600 points in a Boston uniform, joining a list that includes Terry O’Reilly, David Krejci, Ken Hodge, Wayne Cashman, Patrice Bergeron, Bobby Orr, Rick Middleton, Phil Esposito, Johnny Bucyk, and Ray Bourque.

Charlie Coyle also had himself a night, with a goal and three points, giving him nine points over his last eight games.

Jaroslav Halak made the start in the Boston cage and finished with 36 saves for his fifth win of the season. This was Halak’s first start in a week and a half, and came after Halak was scratched from a scheduled start last Saturday due to an illness.

B’s prospect Jack Studnicka made his NHL debut and filled in for the injured Patrice Bergeron in Boston’s top six.

The 20-year-old Studnicka, who arrived to the Big B’s with 18 points in 21 AHL games this year, was welcomed to the NHL with more than a couple of big hits along the boards in the first period, grabbed the first point of his NHL career on Danton Heinen’s goal, and added one shot on goal in 14:17 of time on ice.

The Bruins will wrap up this quick two-game road trip Wednesday night in Ottawa.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.