Boston Bruins

Mar 10, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff,

The NHL announced Monday that Bruins winger David Pastrnak was named the NHL’s first star of the week. Continuing the league’s initiative to honor “off-ice stars” in the battle against COVID-19, they also honored respiratory therapist Amy Ginter of Beth Israel Lahey Health.

As for Pastrnak, he returned on Jan. 30 and, predictably, has made an immediate impact. In three games last week, he led the league with five goals and three power play points over the Bruins’ three-game winning streak.

Pastrnak’s points also came in crucial moments. He netted a hat trick last Wednesday against the Flyers, tying the game with his third goal late in the third period. He then had the primary assist on Patrice Bergeron’s overtime winner. Before that, he scored twice in Monday’s comeback win against the Washington Capitals and assisted on the tying goal in Friday’s 2-1 win over the Flyers.

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The 24-year-old has eight points in four games so far in the 2020-21 season. More importantly, he looks like his injuries and surgeries are firmly in the rearview mirror.

Ty Anderson and I talk plenty of Bruins every week on the SideLines podcast. You can hear the latest episode below.

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