Boston Bruins 4, Anaheim Ducks 2
BOSTON – Boston right winger David Pastrnak scored all four goals for the Bruins to lead his red-hot club to a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks in a Columbus Day matinee at TD Garden. Pastrnak tied the franchise mark for most goals in a game (shared by many).
The Bruins are now (5-1-0) on the season while Anaheim fell to (4-2-0).
Pastrnak scored his first goal of the game at 4:18 into the opener, capitalizing on the first power play of the game. Pastrnak recorded his first of the afternoon and third goal of the season after Anaheim’s Michael Del Zotto was called for slashing. The goal was assisted by C Patrice Bergeron and defenseman Torey Krug and was the only goal of the opening stanza.
Pastrnak struck again in the second period, notching his fourth of the season, converting just after the Bruins killed off a power play. He earned his “hat trick” goal, unassisted, 2:20 into the third and then recorded his franchise record-tying fourth goal 4:34 into the final period, assisted by line-mate Brad Marchand and Krug.
“He’s just a stronger person, works hard in practice,” said Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy of Pastrnak. “They have good chemistry, him and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] on where he wants the puck. Torey [Krug] too, sliding it through there, so that’s part of it as well. I think it’s just practice and some god-given ability and a bit of maturity in his strength.”
Anaheim’s second-line left winger Rickard Rakell cut the Bruins’ lead to 2-1 in the second period when he eased a perfectly placed wrist shot into the lower right side corner past Boston goalkeeper Jaroslav Halak.
Halak, playing in his third game of the young season recorded his second victory against one loss (4-2 at Colorado, Oct. 11th).
NOTES: Other four-goals in a single game scorers for the Boston Bruins are:
Harry Oliver, Frank Fredrickson, Cooney Weiland, Roy Conacher,
Herb Cain (2), Buzz Boll, Bill Cowley (2), Woody Dumart, Pit Martin,
Phil Esposito (4), John Bucyk (2), Chris Oddleifson, Wayne Cashman,
Barry Pederson, Vladimir Ruzicka, Adam Oates, Dave Andreychuk,
Patrice Bergeron (last, vs. Carolina, Jan. 6, 2018)