Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 19: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins scores his second goal of the game against Joonas Korpisalo #70 of the Ottawa Senators at the TD Garden on March 19, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

David Pastrnak scored a hat trick and Linus Ullmark stopped 30-of-32 shots as the Boston Bruins pulled away from the Ottawa Senators for a 6-2 win on Tuesday night at TD Garden.

Pastrnak is now up to 44 goals on the season, and his 17 career hat tricks are nine behind Phil Esposito for the most in Bruins franchise history (h/t Ty Anderson). Ullmark, meanwhile, won his third straight start to improve to 19-7-7 on the season, nabbing the win as the Bruins got out-shot 32-26. The Bruins ultimately got the closeout they needed with a 3-0 third period.

Pastrnak got the scoring started for the Bruins at the 8:27 mark of the first period, with an impressive tip-in well away from his body off a shot attempt by Matt Grzelcyk.

Pastrnak’s second goal was unassisted, unless you count by the Senators’ Tim Stützle. Capitalizing on an ill-advised cross-ice breakout attempt, Pastrnak snatched the puck and streaked right up the middle for a breakaway and a backhand score.

  • Ottawa climbed back in it during the second period, starting with a power play goal by Shane Pinto, taking advantage of an interference call against Bruins newcomer Andrew Peeke. Pinto cycled backward into open ice, where teammate Claude Giroux found him for the one-timer to make it 2-1.

  • Later in the second period, the Bruins answered with a power play goal of their own by big winger Justin Brazeau, who gathered a rebound at the net-front and finished to give the B’s a two-goal lead again.

  • However, as they’ve often done this season, the Bruins failed to escape the period without giving up a late goal. This time, Sens captain Brady Tkachuk found an open lane to the net and made Ullmark pay for sloppy glove work to grab a goal with just four seconds left.

  • Pastrnak completed his hat trick just 4:43 into the third period, darting toward the loose puck and ripping a laser of a backhand past Senators goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to make it 4-2. In retrospect, this was the moment that the Bruins really seized momentum in the game.

  • Just 25 seconds after Pastrnak’s third, Bruins forward Jesper Boqvist made it 5-2 with a strong individual effort off a neutral zone pass from Johnny Beecher.

  • From there, the Bruins essentially sat on the lead and ran the clock out, but they did get a late power play – and scored again. And again it was Brazeau, who made a nifty pivot with the puck to the net-front for his second of the night.

    Up Next: The Bruins will remain at home Thursday night, when they have a big inter-conference matchup against the New York Rangers.

    Matt Dolloff is a writer and podcaster for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Check out all of Matt’s content.

Sign me up for the 98.5 The Sports Hub email newsletter!

Get the latest Boston sports news and analysis, plus exclusive on-demand content and special giveaways from Boston's Home for Sports, 98.5 The Sports Hub.

By clicking "Subscribe" I agree to the website's terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I understand I can unsubscribe at any time.