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Pastrnak Scores Four, Halak Brilliant Again As Bruins Beat Ducks 4-2



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.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Derek McEwen

I missed the game, but watched the highlights. After watching the hat trick goal several times, I still don’t even see him take the shot, it happens that quickly.

He’s such a talented player. The B’s are lucky to have him.

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