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Pastrnak scores four goals for Bruins in win against Ducks

Forward sets NHL career high; Halak makes 30 saves for Boston

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Pastrnak's four-goal performance

ANA@BOS: Pastrnak scores four goals against Ducks

David Pastrnak scores four goals for the first time in his career, leading the Bruins to a 4-2 win against the Ducks

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BOSTON -- David Pastrnak scored an NHL career-high four goals for the Boston Bruins in a 4-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden on Monday.

Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves, and Brad Marchand and Torey Krug each had two assists for Boston (5-1-0), which has won two games in a row.

"It's always nice, that's what I'm getting paid for and obviously … we got some goals and obviously overall with my linemates made a couple plays and got a couple good passes from them, a good two points for us in the standings," Pastrnak said.

 

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Adam Henrique had a goal and an assist, Rickard Rakell scored, and John Gibson made 19 saves for the Ducks (4-2-0), who finished their four-game road trip 2-2-0. They had allowed six goals in their first five games and have scored 13 in six games.

Anaheim outshot Boston 32-23.

"The key here tonight is that the chances were there," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. "If it was a night where you only score two goals and you had no chances at all, I'd be a little bit more worried, but the generation of chances is important. We're going to have to keep generating chances, it can't be a one-off, but we've got to finish now. That's something you have to practice, and it will be something that we'll be on."

Pastrnak scored a power-play goal at 4:18 of the first period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Krug kept Hampus Lindholm's clearing attempt in at the right point and quickly passed to Patrice Bergeron in the slot. Bergeron set up Pastrnak for a one-timer from the left face-off dot.

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Pastrnak made it 2-0 at 11:38 of the second. Marchand stripped Lindholm to set up a 2-on-1. Pastrnak redirected Marchand's cross-ice pass from just inside the right face-off circle.

Halak made 15 saves on 16 shots in the second. He stopped Ondrej Kase on a breakaway at 8:30 and made the save on two 3-on-1s -- one on Max Jones at 1:20, the other on Ryan Getzlaf at 15:18.

"The mentality is just try to stay patient with the guy and not to make the first move," Halak said.

Rakell got the Ducks within 2-1 at 17:52 by gaining the zone and pulling up for a wrist shot as he entered the left circle. His shot beat Halak inside the far post.

Pastrnak scored on a wrist shot from the left hash marks at 2:20 of the third period to make it 3-1 for his fifth NHL hat trick. His power-play goal on a tip-in of Marchand's pass at 4:34 made it 4-1.

Henrique scored at 16:08 to make it 4-2.

Video: ANA@BOS: Henrique scores on Ritchie's deft steal

 

They said it 

"I feel like those are the kind of nights - you have them yourself sometimes - the puck just kind of finds you. I think that he had one of those nights. But obviously we needed to, me included, needed to do a much better job of not making him have so much fun out there." -- Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm on Bruins forward David Pastrnak scoring four goals

"He's always got it. He's such a talented player, he's dangerous on every single play regardless of where he is or where he gets the puck. You've got to make sure you do your job on him because if not he'll find himself in a scoring position." -- Bruins forward Brad Marchand on Pastrnak

 

Need to know

Pastrnak became the third player in the NHL to score four goals in one game this season. Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha (Oct. 6 vs. Dallas Stars) and Edmonton Oilers forward James Neal (Oct. 8 vs. New York Islanders) are the others. There were four players in the NHL last season who scored at least four goals in one game. … Pastrnak is the third player in Bruins history to have at least five regular-season hat tricks before turning 24 years old. Barry Pederson (six) and Cam Neely (five) are the others. ... Henrique played his 600th NHL game. … Anaheim went 0-for-4 on the power play and is 0-for-14 this season. … Bruins center David Krejci was injured in the second period and did not return. There was no update on his condition after the game.

 

What's next

Ducks: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, PRIME, MSG-B, NHL.TV)

Bruins: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, NESN, SUN, NHL.TV)

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