David Pastrnak scored all four Bruins goals and Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves as the Bruins won their second straight game with a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks in a Columbus Day matinee at TD Garden Monday.
Just as there was Saturday, when the Bruins returned to the Garden after a season-opening four-game road trip, there was some fear Monday that a 1 PM start may provide for a slow start for the home team, but it was the visiting Ducks, whose body clocks looked stuck on Pacific time. Pastrnak got his first goal of the game on the power play 4:18 into the first period with Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug getting the assists.
The Czech winger struck again 11:38 into the second period when he broke in on a 2-on-1 with Brad Marchand and beat Ducks goalie John Gibson with another snipe to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Marchand had the lone assist.
The Ducks cut the Bruins’ lead in half late in the second period when Rickard Rakell beat Halak at 17:52. Forward Adam Henrique and defenseman Cam Fowler had the assists.
Pastrnak struck early again in the third period when he beat Gibson on an unassisted goal at 2:20 of the final frame for the hat trick and then again on the power play at 4:34 to make it 4-1 Bruins. Marchand Krug both got their second assists on the play.
Anaheim once again cut the Bruins lead in half at 16:08 when Henrique took a feed from Nick Ritchie to beat Halak and make it 4-2, but it was too little, too late for the Ducks as the Bruins improved to 2-0 on their first homestand of the season that concludes against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.