NBA First Half Awards
With the season just over halfway done, let's look at the major awards. Feel free to disagree but it's James Hardens world right now and we're just living in it.
On Saturday, October 13, David Pastrnak potted his 100th career goal in a blowout game against the Detroit Red Wings. The game resulted in an 8-2 win for Boston, with Pastrnak scoring three of those eight goals and achieving his second career hat trick.
Pastrnak was selected by the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, 25th overall. He made his NHL debut on November 24, 2014 at just 18 years old. The first two goals of his career came on January 10, 2015 that resulted in a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Now 22, and having been with the Bruins going on five seasons, Pastrnak, fondly referred to as “Pasta” by fans and teammates, has racked up an impressive 214 points in 262 games. The dynamite right winger from the Czech Republic, an integral part of one of the NHL’s best two-way units, consisting of center Patrice Bergeron and left wing Brad Marchand, is just getting started.
During the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, Pasta beat Wayne Gretsky’s record, becoming the youngest player in NHL history to score six points in a playoff game. Breaking records is becoming a trend for Pasta, who has now become the third fastest Bruin in history to reach the 100 goal mark in just 259 games (among a growing list of other accolades). He is exceeded only by Barry Pederson, 187 games, and Dit Clapper, who reached that benchmark in 247 games.
Pastrnak's 100th goal is one for the highlight reels and perfectly illustrates his prowess with the puck. Pasta absolutely buried a one-timer off a beautiful no-look feed from Patrice Bergeron. It’s no secret why he, along with his line mates, are beloved by fans. Along with their incredible skill, their dedication to Boston, the palpable brotherhood on and off the ice, and the way they play their hearts out each and every night easily earned the respect of fans all over New England. When they are at their best, watching the three of them play together is nothing short of thrilling.
In 2017, Pastrnak became a free-agent, and to the collective joy of Boston, re-signed a six-year contract extension with the Boston Bruins, which means he’s not going anywhere for a while. Last season, he finished with 80 points (35 goals, 45 assists) in 82 games, up ten points from the previous season. A striking contribution to the team’s offensive game. And, with any luck, we’ll never let him go.
He just keeps getting better and better. At the rate he’s playing, Pastrnak is sure to help the B’s secure the Stanley Cup sooner rather than later.