December 5, 2023


“I used to be like, ‘What do you imply — are you attempting to play some pool tonight?'”

David Pastrnak is now as much as eight objectives in eight video games with the Bruins. (AP Picture/Michael Dwyer)

David Pastrnak might need 309 profession objectives on his resume, however the 27-year-old winger is much from a one-trick pony in the case of his offensive-zone wizardry.

A howitzer of a one-time shot has dented a number of penalty-kill items and made even the sturdiest netminders duck for canopy.

However the All-Star winger can cube up opposing defensive buildings by way of a pointy wrist shot, an array of dekes and dangles, and even an elusive tribute to Luis Tiant with a disguised shot into the highest nook. 

However on an evening the place Pastrnak as soon as once more made a longtime goalie in Ville Husso chunk left and proper en path to his second penalty-shot purpose of the 2023-24 season, a lot of the questions he fielded following Boston’s 4-1 win revolved extra round his empty-net tally with 2:19 left on the clock.

In any case, Pastrnak is a menace when he has his sights set on twine. But when he’s lighting the lamp on financial institution photographs? The remainder of the NHL could be in hassle.

“Pasta, I betcha he doesn’t know geometry,” Jim Montgomery mentioned postgame of Pastrnak’s shot off the boards that ultimately slid into Detroit’s web. “However [he] is aware of it in all probability in pool halls, and he undoubtedly is aware of it on the ice.”

Pastrnak obtained some much-needed readability throughout his postgame scrum with the media, contemplating that teammate Patrick Brown requested him an identical query about whether or not his talent at pool paid dividends throughout his second purpose of the night.

“Oh okay that’s why — Brown requested me if I’m an excellent pool participant and I didn’t get it,” Pastrnak mentioned with a smile. “I used to be like, ‘What do you imply — are you attempting to play some pool tonight?’ So I informed him, ‘No, I’m horrible.’ Now I acquired it, thanks.”

“No, I’m not good,” Pastrnak added of his pool recreation after a pause. “I used to be simply exhausted.”

Pastrnak, who has now scored eight instances in Boston’s first eight video games of the brand new season, acknowledged {that a} ricochet shot was removed from being on the forefront of his thought course of when he let the puck go after Husso determined to vacate the web. 

“No, I used to be simply attempting to get it out,” Pastrnak acknowledged. “I used to be there for some time and I needed to get a change, actually. … Only a fortunate bounce. Yeah, I simply tried to get off the ice, and get some contemporary legs.”

Pastrnak probably received’t be padding his stats this season with a bevy of financial institution photographs and different lucky bounces.

However given his versatile talent set and potent shot, the All-Star ought to be capable of beat goalies evening and evening out with the a number of different strikes at his disposal.

“Yeah, he’s acquired a blended bag and that’s arduous to do on this league,” Jeremy Swayman mentioned of Pastrnak’s recreation. “[To be] unreadable and have some many various go-to strikes. … Once more, that’s why he’s an all-class participant. I’m glad he’s on my crew.”