There’s nothing like an Original Six battle, and there’s none better than the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens. Wednesday night before a national U.S. audience on NBC Sports, David Pastrnak, and the Bruins top line showed why they are the best trio in the NHL.
Early in the first period, Brad Marchand started the highlight-reel play. Marchand intercepted an errant pass by Jonathan Drouin at center ice, stickhandled around defenseman Jeff Petry, and slipped a pass to a wide-open Pastrnak.
Pastrnak (39) slammed the pass into the yawning cage behind Montreal goalie Carey Price for the Bruins first goal of the game.
The Bruins lead the Atlantic Division by one point over the Tampa Bay Lightning, who beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1 in OT on Tuesday night. The Bruins won six in a row until they lost to lowly nemesis, the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Sunday.
The Bruins top line with David Pastrnak, Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron is ranked as the top line in the NHL by Corsica Hockey. Pastrnak is one shy of another 40-goal season. The assist upped Marchand’s season total to 70 points (23g, 47a), and the defensive conscience Bergeron has 47 points (23g, 24a).
The battle on Wednesday night is the fourth and final meeting this season between the Bruins and Montreal. The Bruins won the last meeting on Dec. 1, 3-1, at TD Garden. The Bruins have won two of the first three matchups this season. Montreal is handing by a thread in the Eastern Conference wild-card chase, and trail the Philadelphia Flyers by eight points for the final playoff spot.
That just makes the goal even sweeter, right?
The tally was Pastrnak’s second goal this month and his first goal in five games. His last goal was Feb. 1, when the Bruins beat Minnesota 6-1 at the Xcel Center. Just watch this beauty from Pasta: