On Saturday night David Pastrnak scored his ninth goal of the season. This puts him in a tie for the NHL lead with James Neal of the Edmonton Oilers.
Coming into Saturday nights game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pastrnak was second in the league to Neal. The Oilers didn't play on Saturday night so Pastrnak was able to sneak to the top of the goals leaderboard with his third period game tying goal.
Four of the nine goals scored by Pastrnak have come on the powerplay. Six of the nine scored by Neal have come on the powerplay as well. The Oilers and Bruins have the first and second best powerplay percentages in all of the NHL. That being said, Neal and Pastrnak have had help getting to the top of the leaderboard, although both players have been opposing teams nightmares all by themselves.
Leading the ship
With four of Pastrnak's nine goals coming on the powerplay, he is one of just four Bruins to score on the powerplay so far this season. Not so surprisingly, two of the other three players who have scored powerplay goals happen to be Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. They're David Pastrnak's linemates on a line that also goes by the name of the "perfection" line. Danton Heinen is the only other player to score a goal on the powerplay for the Bruins so far this year.
So far this year, Pastrnak leads the Boston Bruins in goals, points, powerplay goals, powerplay points, and shots. He trails only Brad Marchand by two assist for the team lead (8). In the Bruins eight games to start the season, Pastrnak has scored in five. We've seen him score more than one goal twice already, including one game that he was able to record a hat trick. He thew in another goal making him accountable for all four goals that the Bruins scored against the Anaheim Ducks on October 14th.
How about them apples
One of the things that makes David Pastrnak so dangerous is the fact that he's not one dimensional. As I stated earlier, Pastrnak is second on the team in assists behind only Brad Marchand. Having scored a goal in more than half of the games played so far this season, Pastrnak has also potted an assist in just as many games. A lot of this success comes with the help of his line-mates. All but one of Pastrnak's goals have been assisted by Brad Marchand or Patrice Bergeron. That one goal? It was unassisted.
Success will follow
If the Bruins manage to keep the Perfection line together, I have absolutely no doubt that David Pastrnak will continue to be one of the best and most lethal offensive weapons in the NHL. With talks that Bruce Cassidy might break the line apart to help with secondary scoring issues, David Pastrnak's name seems to be the name coming up the most in those talks as the one who might be moved down to help David Krejci on the second line. If that were to be the case, I still believe that Pastrnak will be a nightmare for opposing teams. I also believe that Pastrnak is making the best of his time with Patrice Bergeron in that he makes everybody on the ice around him better. His goal scoring ability is proving to be the biggest asset that he brings to the team, but his playmaking ability is absolutely beautiful as well.
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