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World Championship: Pastrnak Has Two Assists in Czech Republic's Comeback

Bruins winger has three points in three games

by Chris Weyant @NHLBruins / - David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, and Anders Bjork are all currently representing their countries at the 2017 IIHF Men's World Championship in Germany and France.

Pastrnak, skating for the Czech Republic, has gotten off to a fast start in the team's first three games, registering three assists and 14 shots on net. Two of Pastrnak's three assists came in his team's 4-3 shootout win over Finland on Monday.

Despite a number of scoring chances from Pastrnak and his teammates, the Czechs entered the third period down, 3-0.

No. 88 made his presence felt on the power play, when he received a feed on the forehand to the right of the goalmouth and quickly wheeled a beautiful no-look pass to Roman Horak, who snapped home a quick one-timer from the slot to cut the deficit to 3-1 with just over 12 minutes to go.

Pastrnak, who scored 34 goals for the Bruins this season, showed off some more dazzling creativity late in the third period, when he was able to locate a loose puck among a sea of bodies and kick an in-tight pass back to Jan Kovar, who was able to tie the game at 3-3 with 1:51 remaining.

The Czechs, currently holding a 1-1-0-1 record, play again on Thursday against Norway at 10:15 a.m. ET.

McAvoy and Bjork, meanwhile, round out the Bruins triumvirate participating in international play, both representing the United States of America. The Americans currently hold a 2-0-0-1 record during group play, good for 6 points and a tie for third in Group A.

McAvoy has proved to be as steady as he was during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, logging an assist and an even plus/minus rating, while averaging 14:53 of time on ice in three games.

Bjork, a Bruins fifth-round draft pick during the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, has also played in all three games, but has yet to find the score sheet. Despite his lack of scoring results to date, the Notre Dame product is known to supply offense in a hurry.

Bjork amassed 52 points (21 goals and 31 assists) in 39 games this season, earning him a nod as a finalist for the Hobey Baker award, given to college hockey's most outstanding player.

McAvoy and Bjork will skate again on Wednesday when they take on Italy at 10:15 a.m. ET.

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