ST. LOUIS - David Pastrnak took full responsibility on Friday night.
After a ninth-place finish in the inaugural Shooting Stars event at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, the Bruins winger lamented his limited practice time.
"Bad preparation by me. I never practiced that. Should've built a 30-feet high [platform] and practiced that before All-Star. Unfortunately, I was a bad pro and didn't do it. That way I can't deserve a win," Pastrnak said with a chuckle.
Pastrnak, of course, was speaking in jest. Despite notching just 10 points on seven shots, the NHL's leading goal scorer - as always - was beaming, his patented smile a surefire indication of how happy he was to be a part of the league's signature talent showcase.
"I'm the only one to score a goal there…it was fun," Pastrnak joked, noting that he scored into the net at the opposite end of the rink. "I was at the end, so I had so many mixed emotions. Some guys were absolutely missing them and some guys were hitting it."
Video: Pastrnak talks after competing in Skills Competition
Pastrnak nearly cashed in with a shot into the jackpot target - a St. Louis arc-shaped net at center ice - but the puck clanked off of the backboard before landing into the net, negating any points.
"The 10 [target] was a questionable one," said Pastrnak. "I think it could've easily counted. Can't go against the referees. It was their decision. Pretty sure this one would count in Boston."
The 23-year-old was one of 10 participants in the event - won by Chicago's Patrick Kane - that featured a platform some 30 feet above the ice. The players shot from a synthetic surface and aimed at a bevy of targets that were numbered from 1 to 10.
"It's tough, to be honest," said Pastrnak. "If you just sauce it, it's gonna be too short. If you shoot it, it's too high. It was in between and unfortunately I couldn't find the right one. But it was a lot of fun, congratulations to the winner."
Patrick Kane, Chicago - 22 points (2 pts)
Mitch Marner, Toronto - 22 points (0 pts)
Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary -- 20 points
Marie-Philip Poulin, Team Canada - 15 points
David Perron, St. Louis - 14 points
Tyler Seguin, Dallas - 14 points
Hillary Knight, Team USA - 14 points
Ryan O'Reilly, St. Louis - 14 points
David Pastrnak, Boston - 10 points
Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa - 6 points
Women's Game on Display
The highlight of the night was the 3-on-3 women's showdown between Team USA and Team Canada. After two 10-minute halves, Canada took home the crown with a 2-1 victory behind 15 saves from Ann-Renee Desbiens.
"It was awesome," said Pastrnak. "Give the women hockey some attention. Even the ladies had fun, talked to a couple of them. They enjoyed it. I think it's great for hockey, for women's hockey. It's been a lot of fun all day. Another day coming up tomorrow."
Bergeron, Chara Honored
Before the event, the National Hockey League announced their All-Decade teams. And Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron and captain Zdeno Chara were both named to the Second Team, joining Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin, Tampa's Steven Stamkos, San Jose's Erik Karlsson, and the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist.
The First Team consisted of Washington's Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Chicago's Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith, Los Angeles' Drew Doughty, and Vegas' Marc-Andre Fleury.