Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak said “Not in my house”, before feeding teammate Patrice Bergeron to put the Boston Bruins up 2-1 9:21 into the first period of Game 2 against the Washington Capitals Monday.
With the game tied at one just midway through the first period, the puck was sailing out of the zone on a Capitals’ clear. Showing amazing timing and ability to read the play, Pastrnak reached up with his left arm, kept the puck in the offensive zone, and gained control before feeding it to Bergeron for the Bruins captain’s first goal of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
David Pastrnak knocks a puck out of the air and sets up a tally for Patrice Bergeron just seconds later.
2-1 Bruins. pic.twitter.com/3wwEkFnB1U
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) May 18, 2021
Pastrnak, the 2020 Rocket Richard co-winner (with Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin), is known for his goalscoring prowess but this play once again showed that Pastrnak has become more than just a sniper over the last few years. His desire to keep the puck in the zone there was another example of his tenacity and puck awareness. The ability to then attain puck possession there and immediately feed it to Bergeron in the slot was just another reminder of how skilled this 24-year-old superstar is. Pastrnak finished the regular season with 20 goals and 28 assists in 48 games after missing the first seven games thanks to offseason hip surgery.