Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak is now the leading goal scorer in the NHL after notching his fourth hat trick of the season to rack up goals 39, 40 and 41 and reach the 40-goal plateau for the first time in his career in a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday.
Pastrnak became the first Bruin since Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr each sent the hats flying four times in the 1974-75 season. Following the game, Pastrnak was thrilled to hit more milestones but as usual, credited his teammates repeatedly.
“Obviously, I’m happy for that, it’s something that I haven’t accomplished yet in my career,” Pastrnak said of cracking the 40-goal plateau. “I’m excited but like I’ve said, I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and big thanks to them and just keep it rolling.”
When Pastrnak was made aware of the fact he had just become the first NHLer to have two hat tricks against the Canadiens in one season.
“It’s good to hear and use it as motivation,” the always humble Pastrnak said. “It’s great, especially in an organization like the Bruins with such history. It’s an honor for me and like I said, big thanks to my linemates and teammates.”