Boston Bruins

Nov 25, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) and center Pavel Zacha (18) celebrate a goal by center David Krejci (46) (middle) during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

  • Thanks to some second-half of play heroics, and with the help of an intermission pump-up from Jim Montgomery, the Bruins’ home-win streak is alive and well.

    In their first showdown with the Hurricanes since Rod Brind’Amour’s club eliminated the Bruins from the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Bruins worked their way out of a two-goal hole through 20 minutes of play, and were led by their second-line Czech connection throughout the afternoon affair.

    The Bruins even managed to work through an in-game injury, as Jeremy Swayman had to step in for the injured Linus Ullmark early in the third period of the win at TD Garden.

    Here are the 98.5 The Sports Hub (dot com) 3 Stars of the game from a win over the Hurricanes

  • No. 3 Star: David Pastrnak

    Nov 25, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA;  Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) reacts after scoring the winning goal in overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 25, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) reacts after scoring the winning goal in overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

  • With the game-winning goal off his stick, and with an assist on the goal that sparked the Black and Gold’s comeback, it’s impossible to get through this one without mentioning David Pastrnak’s day at the office.

    Out there for 22:36, Pastrnak was a threat every single time the puck was on his stick, and he led all Boston shooters with nine shot attempts. Pastrnak is also red hot right now, with goals in four straight contests, and is on a nine-game point streak dating back to the team’s Nov. 7 win over the Blues.

    Pastrnak’s 32 points on the year are second in all of hockey, trailing only Connor McDavid.

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  • No. 2 Star: Charlie McAvoy

    Nov 19, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) congratulates left wing Taylor Hall (71) after his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 19, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) congratulates left wing Taylor Hall (71) after his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Not exactly the sexiest afternoon for Charlie McAvoy on the score sheet (he finished without a point for just the second time this season), but his impact was gigantic.

    In fact, Jim Montgomery cited McAvoy’s second-period hit on Jesperi Kotkaniemi as the turning point for the Bruins, as it gave the Bruins (and TD Garden) some juice. To Montgomery’s point, it definitely did had a massive impact for the B’s, as the Bruins outscored Carolina 3-0 and outshot them 24-17 following McAvoy’s big defensive-zone hit. (They were outscored 2-0 and outshot 19-17 prior to No. 73 lowering the boom.)

    On the ice for a team-leading 28:13, this was certainly a ‘stallion’ effort from McAvoy. He was also a mere second away from hitting a relatively notable milestone for any Bruins defenseman.

  • No. 1 Star: David Krejci

    Nov 25, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA;  Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) handles the puck during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 25, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) handles the puck during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

  • Bruins center David Krejci, who has rarely seen a puck he didn’t wanna feed to a wide-open linemate for a goal, is on a goal-scoring heater and a half.

    On the board with both of Boston’s regulation goals in the win, the 36-year-old Krejci is now up to six goals in his last five games, and has eight goals on the season.

    (Krejci left the Bruins after a 2021 campaign that featured eight goals in 51 games.)