David Pastrnak’s first of two goals in a 7-5 win over the Penguins on Saturday meant more than most, as it also came with the 500th assist of David Krejci’s 15-year NHL career.
David Pastrnak scores his 15th goal of the season. pic.twitter.com/VFuT9zr9O0— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 3, 2021
“It’s outstanding accomplishment and I’m really happy for him,” David Pastrnak, who skated with Krejci on Boston’s second line Saturday, said. “He’s a playmaker, so I hope it means a lot because it’s incredible, you know. Not many Czech players have done it, so it’s a huge accomplishment. And I’m so happy for him.”
In fact, Krejci became just the fifth Czech player in NHL history to record 500 assists, joining a list featuring Vinny Prospal (510), Jake Voracek (512), Patrik Elias (617), and Jaromir Jagr (1,155).
Krejci’s assist also made him just the seventh player in Bruins history to record 500 assists with the franchise. He joins a club headline by Ray Bourque’s franchise-best 1,111 helpers, but also featuring Johnny Bucyk (794), Bobby Orr (624), Phil Esposito (553), Bergeron (535), and Wayne Cashman (516).
The 35-year-old Krejci, who ditched his helmet for the pregame warmup in an effort to shake things up, also added a goal in the winning effort, and is simply happy to help the Bruins get their offense back where it needs to be for the stretch run.
“We definitely needed two points,” said Krejci. “We’re trying to build something here. We only have 20 or so games left before playoffs. And it seems like a lot, but it’s not. You got to start creating the good habits, play the right way and and keep it in games. So that was a good, good step in the right direction. Just keep it rolling and get ready for the next one.”