Who doesn’t love Boston Bruins right winger David Pastrnak when he’s at his fun-loving best?
The Bruins game-breaker was exactly that over the weekend while having some fun with his fellow Czech Republic native David Krejci amidst a super-hot streak from the playmaking center. Krejci is right smack-dab in the middle of six goals and 14 points in his last 11 games since the B’s dealt for Taylor Hall at the NHL trade deadline.
Perhaps in homage, Pastrnak hilariously mimicked everything that Krejci does in pregame warm-ups while directly behind him as they readied to take on the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. The NESN cameras caught the whole thing during the pregame warm-up.
Pastrnak and Krejci having some fun in pregame warmups pic.twitter.com/hSF0DkunLE
— BOSHockeyNow (@BOSHockeyNow) May 1, 2021
Certainly, it all speaks to Pastrnak’s ability to keep things loose and fun with his teammates even as he’s gone through some quiet patches this season. But it also reveals a Boston Bruins team that’s feeling loose, confident and dangerous with the Stanley Cup playoffs right around the corner armed with a roster that’s deeper and better than it’s been in recent years.
Watch out for Pastrnak and the Bruins. Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*The Boston Bruins are focused on “taking care of business” tonight against the New Jersey Devils as they get a chance to clinch a playoff spot with one point, or with a New York Rangers loss. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Evgeni Malkin is going to make his big return for the Pittsburgh Penguins with a handful of games to ready for the playoffs. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*Really interesting piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Aaron Portzline where he speaks with three former Columbus Blue Jackets players to get a candid look at the Columbus market, and what it’s like being a part of the organization. (The Athletic)
*It sounds, in this Larry Brooks piece, like there are some very real issues between the New York Rangers high-end forwards and head coach David Quinn. Brooks tries to soft-pedal it a bit, but this much of a philosophical divide is a very big problem. (New York Post)
*Old friend Tyler Seguin appears poised to make his return to the lineup from offseason hip surgery. (Sportsnet)
*Speaking of Seguin, here’s a pretty cool timeline video he posted of the long road back from his injury. It’s a good reminder as to how hard a professional athlete has to work to get back up to full speed.
— Tyler Seguin (@tseguinofficial) May 3, 2021
*Interesting piece about whether hockey parents should be skating their kids all year round and specializing in hockey. The answer from every NHL scout I’ve talked to is pretty clear: No. (Elite Level Hockey)
*This Jake Virtanen stuff sounds pretty awful. It seems pretty fortunate in hindsight that the Boston Bruins didn’t pursue a trade for him when that seemed to be the scuttlebutt earlier this season. (The Athletic)
*For something completely different: I’m pretty sure an apology isn’t going to get the job done here. (NPR.org)