By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Bruins winger David Pastrnak was named tot the 2019-20 NHL All-Star First Team, while winger Brad Marchand and goaltender Tuukka Rask took home NHL All-Star Second Team honors, the National Hockey League announced.
Boston’s top threat throughout the season, leading the team in both goals (48) and points (98) in a pandemic-shortened regular season, Pastrnak is the first B’s right wing to earn First-Team honors since Ken Hodge in 1973-74.
The 24-year-old Pastrnak, the co-winner of the Rocket Richard Trophy, also finished fourth in the 2019-20 Hart Trophy voting, with three first-place votes and 369 points in total. The Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl won the award, with Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and the Rangers’ Artemi Panarin sandwiched between Draisaitl and Pastrnak in the voting.
Marchand’s Second Team honor was his second straight, and his third All-Star team honor, having earned First Team honors in 2016-17. The 5-foot-9 wing’s 59 assists were the most on the B’s, and the fourth-most in hockey.
Rask, meanwhile, is a Second Team NHL All-Star for the first time in his career. (The 33-year-old Rask was previously named to the NHL All-Star First Team in 2013-14.)
Rask also finished second in voting for the 2019-20 Vezina Trophy, as voted on by the 31 NHL general managers, behind the Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck, tallying 10 first-place votes (compared to 19 first-place votes for Hellebuyck) in the losing effort.
The Bruins also got some love in the Norris Trophy voting department, with Charlie McAvoy finishing 10th, and with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug also getting some fifth-place votes from the voters.
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