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The historical significance of David Pastrnak's big night

Ty Anderson
April 15, 2018 - 12:44 am

When you break a Wayne Gretzky record, it's safe to assume that you've had a big night. Hello, David Pastrnak's Game 2 performance against the Maple Leafs.

In Boston for a nationally-televised NBC showdown against a Leafs team the Bruins beat by a decisive 5-1 final on Thursday -- a victory largely won on the back of a three-point (one goal, two assist) performance by the 21-year-old Pastrnak -- No. 88 upped his game with three goals and six points in just 15:46 of a 7-3 victory.

“I don’t think I can say it with cameras here,” a smiling Pastrnak told reporters when asked what he would have said had you told him a night like this was going to happen.

“Probably would say something bad to you.”

With a hat trick, Pastrnak became the first Bruin to record a hat trick in a playoff game since David Krejci accomplished the feat in Game 4 of the Black and Gold’s first-round series against the Maple Leafs back in 2013. Krejci, for what it’s worth, had the previous two hat tricks in B’s playoff history, having recorded three goals in Game 6 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. Pastrnak also became the first B’s winger to record a hat trick in a playoff tilt since Cam Neely in Game 5 of the Adams Division Finals in 1991.

And with six points, Pastrnak became the first Bruin to record at least three goals and six points in a playoff game since Phil Esposito did it against the Leafs in 1969. Esposito, for what it’s worth, did it with four goals and six points opposed to Pastrnak’s three-goal and three-assist split across the board. They are the only two players in the franchise’s 94-year history to score at least three goals and six points in a playoff game.

But perhaps most impressive of all, Pastrnak’s six-point night made him the youngest player, at 21 years and 324 days of age, in NHL history to record six-plus points in a playoff game, beating Gretzky’s former mark (22 years and 81 days of age).

“Hell of a night. You know, he is an awesome player. He has been great for us all year,” Marchand said of Pastrnak’s efforts. “You know, he’s progressing, continually working on his game, trying to play the right way. I think that is what has been most impressive about the last couple of games isn’t so much in scoring. You know, that’s great but it’s the way he’s playing. He’s playing really well defensively, he is chipping pucks in at the right time so when he plays the right way good things happen for him.”

Pastrnak will look to continue his magical run Monday night in Toronto for Game 3.

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