Bruins forward David Pastrnak was one of ten players to partake in the first ever ‘Shooting Stars’ event at Friday’s All-Star Skills Competition. Pastrnak finished ninth out of ten in the event. He finished with ten total points in seven shots from the platform set 30 feet above the surface.
Although he didn’t win the event, Pastrnak was quick to remind everyone that he did accomplish something no one else did.
“I’m the only one to score a goal there…it was fun,” Pastrnak joked with reporters after the event. He was the only player to hit the empty net at the opposite end of the rink.
“I was at the end, so I had so many mixed emotions. Some guys were absolutely missing them and some guys were hitting it,” Pastrnak continued.
One of the controversies surrounding the event was the ten point arch at center ice. Numerous shots appeared to go into the net, but actually hit the back of the arch and bounced in. Those shots did not count towards the point totals.
“The 10 [target] was a questionable one,” Pastrnak admitted. “I think it could’ve easily counted. Can’t go against the referees. It was their decision. Pretty sure this one would count in Boston.”
Pastrnak was not the only player to have an issue with the ten point target during the event. He also wasn’t the only player to have an issue with figuring out how to approach this new and unique event.
“It’s tough, to be honest,” Pastrnak conceded. “If you just sauce it, it’s gonna be too short. If you shoot it, it’s too high. It was in between and unfortunately I couldn’t find the right one. But it was a lot of fun.”
Pastrnak and Bruce Cassidy represent the Bruins at the annual NHL All-Star Game. The game starts at 8:00 pm and will air on NBC, CBC and Sportsnet.