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Feb 1, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) skates with the puck in front of Seattle Kraken defenseman Adam Larsson (6) during the first period at the TD Garden. (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports)

David Pastrnak scored his 21st and 22nd goals of the season Tuesday night, lifting the Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Kraken at TD Garden.

It was a win that turned out to be harder than expected for the Bruins to pull off. The B’s took a 2-0 lead into the third period, only for the Kraken to come back and tie it with 13 minutes left in regulation. But just a few minutes later, Pastrnak played the role of hero.

The game-winning goal started with a heads-up play by defenseman Charlie McAvoy to keep the puck alive in the zone during a Bruins man advantage. McAvoy quickly dished it to Patrice Bergeron, who went around the horn to Pastrnak. He didn’t get all of it on his shot, but the wobbly change-up found its way through Kraken goalie Chris Driedger.

Pastrnak has now scored 14 goals in his last 15 games, as he inches closer to the top-10 on the NHL leaderboard. He’s still nine goals back of the Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl and the Rangers’ Chris Kreider for tops in the league.

  • The teams played to a scoreless, evenly matched first period. The Kraken out-shot the Bruins 9-7, but the home team had a narrow 5-4 edge in high-danger scoring chances at 5-on-5, per Natural Stat Trick.

    Pastrnak broke the scoreless tie on a power play just over nine minutes into the second period, when Taylor Hall drew the attention of three Seattle penalty killers and fed him up high. The right wing did the rest, firing the puck through a sea of defenders and Driedger.

  • Taylor Hall made it 2-0 seven minutes later, thanks to Tomas Nosek’s gritty win in a puck battle along the boards.

    First, Nosek found a way to shovel the puck toward Hall behind the net. After a deflection in front, Hall beat every Kraken defender in the area and slapped the puck home for his 10th goal of the season.

    Nosek played a season-high 18:24 of ice time to go along with the assist.

  • The Bruins couldn’t protect their two-goal lead for long. Just 42 seconds into the third period, Joonas Donskoi got Seattle on the board, his first goal of the season after a 43-game drought.

    Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo attempted to clear the puck through chaos in the slot area, but whacked it right to Donskoi. Goaltender Linus Ullmark didn’t appear to see the puck off Donskoi’s stick.

  • The Bruins had to regroup after the Kraken’s second goal, which found its way to the back of the net on a deflection off McAvoy’s shin pad. Ullmark was caught too far out of position to make a play on the angle Mason Appleton took with his shot.

    Oskar Steen drew the tripping penalty on Seattle defenseman Mark Giordano that led to Pastrnak’s game-winner. Steen didn’t get on the score sheet, but he did dish out four hits on the night.

    The Bruins now get a whole week between games, in the latest quirk of what’s been an odd schedule for them, between postponements and a cramped slate down the stretch. They’ll look to get healthy and refreshed for when they return next Tuesday, Feb. 8 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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