By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Down by two with under eight minutes remaining in the third period of their Wednesday night head-to-head with the Flyers, it was David Pastrnak who led the charge for yet another Boston comeback.
This time, Pastrnak scored the deficit-halving goal at the 12:05 mark of the third, and knotted things up at 3-3 with 15 seconds in regulation before assisting Patrice Bergeron’s overtime winner in a 4-3 win at the Wells Fargo Center.
This, of course, was after Pastrnak opened the game’s scoring just 12 seconds into the first period, making this an All You Can Score night from the Black and Gold’s top-line juggernaut.
David Pastrnak bats it home to complete the hat trick.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 4, 2021
Make it five goals in two games for Pastrnak.
3-3 game. pic.twitter.com/2rgOhuX6Rk
Pastrnak and the Bruins completed this comeback — their third straight multi-goal, third-period comeback, which has resulted in five of a possible six points — on the back of their man advantage, which went 3-for-4 and capitalized on three straight power-play opportunities to hand Philadelphia the loser point.
It also extended what’s been an otherworldly run for No. 88 since returning to the Boston lineup three games ago, with five goals and two primary assists to go with 19 shots on goal (and 37 shot attempts) in 61:28 total time on ice.
The three-goal performance was also good for Pastrnak’s ninth career regular-season hat trick, which is the second-most in the NHL since the start of the 2016 season, trailing only the Caps’ Alex Ovechkin, who has 12.
“Obviously, he’s on a mission,” B’s head coach Bruce Cassidy said of Pastrnak’s white-hot start. Cassidy even noted that his own expectation was that Pastrnak was going to come out of the gate a little slower than anticipated considering the fact that he’s less than five full months removed from undergoing hip surgery. “Hah, he showed me,” Cassidy said with a chuckle.
“I think everybody expects that, I guess, because that’s how he’s been,” Tuukka Rask, who turned aside 22 of 25 shots for the win, said of Pastrnak’s immediate success. “It seems like when he hits the net, it’s in.”
Philly’s goals came courtesy of Kevin Hayes, Jakub Voracek, and Joel Farrabee, but the Flyers’ struggles with puck management as well as those late-game penalties ultimately proved to be too much to overcome.
Bruins forward Anton Blidh stepped in for Karson Kuhlman and made his season debut on Boston’s fourth line, and recorded two hits and a block in 9:40 of time on ice.
The Bruins will look to improve to 4-0-0 against the Flyers this season with a Friday night rematch in Philly.
We talked a lot about the Bruins before Wednesday’s game against the Flyers on the newest episode of the SideLines podcast. Have a listen below.