David Pastrnak was the lone skater to represent the Boston Bruins at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. He did the organization proud on Saturday night. The NHL’s leading goal scorer lit the lamp four times and added a pair of assists to finish with six points to claim MVP honors.
The Atlantic Division lost to the Pacific Division in the tournament’s championship game.
“We had a good start. It was fun. Unfortunately, we came on the losing end, obviously wanted to win,” Pastrnak told reporters when all was said and done.
Pastrnak expressed surprise that he took home the MVP honor. After all, he and the Atlantic Division came out on the losing end to Connor McDavid’s Pacific Division squad.
“I would expect the winner should win MVP,” said Pastrnak, who captained the Atlantic. “But if I was voted in by the fans, I appreciate the love. Probably wasn’t any fans from St. Louis’ building, but whoever voted, appreciate the love.”
Pastrnak received a steady diet of boos all weekend long from the faithful in St. Louis. He and Chicago’s Patrick Kane got that special treatment from the home fans.
Pastrnak becomes the first Bruins player since Bill Guerin in 2001 to win the MVP honors at All-Star weekend. Prior to that? Ray Bourque in 1996 at the then FleetCenter.
“It’s a huge honor, especially in an organization like the Bruins,” Pastrnak gleamed. “Ray actually already texted me, it’s unbelievable. It’s fun, you try some skills and sometimes there’s stuff you won’t try in a real game. It’s a lot of fun, been a blast here.”
Pastrnak enjoyed the weekend and put on a show on one of the biggest stages in the sport. He’s ready to turn the page, however. For Pastrnak, it’s time to get back to business now that the fun is over.
“It was a fun [weekend],” Pastrnak admitted. “But excited to get back with our boys. Got a couple days to rest up and get ready for the second half of the season.”