Pastrnak Scores 2 Goals, Bruins Snap Winless Streak

SUNRISE, Fla. — David Pastrnak scored two goals and the Boston Bruins snapped a five-game winless streak, beating the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Saturday night.

David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, and Torey Krug had two assists. Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots.

Keith Yandle and Mark Pysyk scored goals for the Panthers, who lost their third straight. Sergei Bobrovsky made 38 saves, including 21 in the first period.

Florida’s Aleksander Barkov had to be helped off the ice by teammates late in the third period with an apparent leg injury after being forced into the boards by Boston’s Charlie McAvoy.

Pysyk closed the score to 3-1 when he poked in a loose puck from in front at 2:46 of the third.

Mark Pysyk Panthers
Mark Pysyk, Florida Panthers Oct. 17, 2017 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The Panthers trimmed the lead to 3-2 when Yandle shot from the point and the puck went over Halak’s glove and into the net with 10:47 left in the game.

Pastrnak’s second goal was an empty-netter with 2:10 left.

The Bruins went ahead 2-0 on Krejci’s shot from the high slot that was initially blocked but trickled under Bobrovsky’s pads at 3:14 of the second.

Pastrnak’s power-play goal stretched Boston’s lead to 3-0. Brad Marchand passed from the left circle to Pastrnak on the right side of the crease for an easy tap-in at 7:30 of the second. Pastrnak has scored seven goals over the last 11 games.

Pastrnak was awarded a penalty shot at 13:31 of the third when Aaron Ekblad was called for hooking, but his attempt was blocked by Bobrovsky.

David Pastrnak Boston Bruins
David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins, Game Six of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

DeBrusk gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead after he got a loose puck in the slot and fired it over Bobrovsky at 14:41 of the first.


Marchand leads the Bruins with 49 points, scoring 18 goals and 31 assists. … Bruins F Brett Ritchie was scratched. … Panthers C Dominic Toninato was a healthy scratch. … In the teams’ last meeting, Nov. 12 at Boston, the Panthers recorded the first four-goal comeback in franchise history, with all four goals coming in the third period.


Bruins: Visit the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Panthers: Host the Ottawa Senators on Monday.


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Paul Gereffi, The Associated Press