Pastrnak powers Bruins past Flyers; Lightning cruise vs. Red Wings
3 Stars (Bruins vs. Flyers; Lightning vs. Red Wings)
When Pastrnak put the Bruins up 1-0 versus the Flyers simply 12 seconds in, perhaps we ought to’ve understood that it would be his night.
The Flyers turned the tide for much of the contest, however. After a good 3-1 objective from Joel Farabee, it appeared like the Flyers may get better from a bad start vs. the Bruins. In retrospection, the Bruins started and completed strong, which wound up being simply enough.
Truly, David Pastrnak and “The Perfection Line” ensured it was excessive.
Pastrnak scored that 1-0 objective, then 2 power-play objectives to close policy, collapsing a 3-1 Flyers cause a 3-3 video game heading to overtime. Then Pastrnak helped on another power play objective, this one in overtime by Patrice Bergeron, to offer Boston a sensational win.
2. Patrice Bergeron
Speaking of Bergeron, he matched Pastrnak in producing a four-point night. While Pastrnak generated a hat trick plus an assist, Bergeron piled up that game-winning goal, and also three helpers.
Depending upon your taste, you might prefer Bergeron’s night to that of David Pastrnak. As a multiple-Selke-winning center, Bergeron did penalty kill duty on Wednesday, too.
Either way, “The Perfection Line” asserted itself as, once again, one of the best trios in the NHL. We won’t hold Brad Marchand “only” collecting an assist against them too much.
You could probably label the third star entry as “the Lightning casually dispatching the Red Wings, in general.”
Perhaps you’d prefer Blake Coleman‘s output? Like Hedman, Coleman managed a two-point game. (In Coleman’s case, it came via two assists.)
Hedman feels like the right choice. He collected his goal (the 1-0 tally) and helped on the eventual game-winner (then making it 2-0), generating points when this wasn’t totally out of reach yet. Hedman ended up with that objective and a help, a +2 rating, two shots on objective, and one hit in 21:17 TOI.
NWHL Season suspended
Tough news out of the NWHL on Wednesday, as the league decided to suspend its season due to COVID concerns. PHT’s Marisa Ingemi has more.
Wild latest NHL team to see games postponed due to COVID
Unfortunately, that didn’t sum up all of the bad COVID-related hockey news for Wednesday. The NHL announced that the Wild’s games have been postponed through at least Feb. 9. This post adds details, and likewise runs down some of the league’s larger issues.
Bruins – Flyers, Lightning – Red Wings highlights
Nope, the Red Wings didn’t lure the Lightning into a trap game on Wednesday. Instead, Tampa Bay dominated the game, and the highlights:
Even in a league where leads are less safe, the Flyers were most likely feeling OK about being up 3-1 vs. the Bruins. Then David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and “The Perfection Line” took advantage of some key power-play opportunities to turn that game on its head:
NHL scores: Bruins – Flyers, Lightning – Red Wings
Lightning 5, Red Wings 1
Bruins 4, Flyers 3 (OT)
More NHL News
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