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Talking Points: Pastrnak To The Rescue, Bruins Beat Hawks 4-3

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David Pastrnak scored with 17.2 seconds left in regulation and the Boston Bruins avoided another blown lead in the third period leading to extra time with a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Pastrnak finished the game with two goals and an assist; Charlie Coyle scored his 13th goal of the season and defenseman Jack Ahcan scored first-ever NHL goal.

Blackhawks winger Brandon Hagel scored two goals and Alex DeBrincat notched his 34th of the season.

Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman stopped 22 of 25 Blackhawks shots and Blackhawks goalie Kevin Lankinen made 32 saves on 36 shots from the Bruins.

GOLD STAR: David PastrnakDavid Pastrnak notched his second two-game outing in his last four games and the second goal couldn’t have come at a better time for him and the Bruins. After putting the Boston Bruins ahead 3-2 with his 32nd of the season at 15:23 of the second period, Pastrnak rescued his mates from another blown lead. Just as it seemed like the Bruins were headed for extra time for a third straight game, the Bruins’ leading goal scorer lit the lamp again for his second fo the game and his 33rd of the season with 17.2 seconds left in regulation.

 

BLACK EYE: 4-on-1 goal for Alex DeBrincat – The Boston Bruins, and more specifically defenseman Brandon Carlo got caught pinching. Just really not sure what Carlo was thinking there with three other Bruins already deep? That left Ahcan back to defend a 4-on-1 and him and Swayman really had no chance against the dynamic duo of Kane and DeBrincat.

 

TURNING POINT: The Third Period – After allowing the Blackhawks’ third and game-tying goal just 3:24 into the final frame, the Bruins buckled down. They ended up out-shooting the Hawks 19-12 in the third period and Swayman came up huge down the stretch.

HONORABLE MENTION: Brandon Hagel – There has surprisingly been some NHL trade chatter over the last month or so that Brandon Hagel was available on the NHL trade market but the Blackhawks management brass shot that down and on Thursday, Hagel once again showed why. The 23-year-old Blackhawks winger scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season, and the 19th was a beauty wraparound that former Blackhawks star Denis Savard would be proud of.

 

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 – Jack Ahcan scored the first goal of his NHL career in his eighth NHL game and his fifth game this season.

 

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Next time I’m back on a 4-on-1, I’m keeping my stick on the ice.” – Ahcan on what he was thinking when he got caught back on the 4-on-1 that his boyhood idol Patrick Kane set up DeBrincat on.

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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