Boston hockey player David Pastrňák (center) celebrates his goal on Minnesota ice in an NHL game on March 18, 2023. On the left is his teammate Hampus Lindholm, on the right is Brad Marchand.
New York – After two games in the NHL, David Pastrňák once again became one of the scorers, and together with Pavel Zacha, they also prepared a goal for another Czech striker, David Krejčí, and the best team in the competition, Boston, won on Minnesota's lead 5:2. Pastrňák, the most productive Czech player in the league, improved his record in the season to 47 goals and 45 assists. The Bruins ended their opponents' fourteen-game hitting streak.
Pastrňák first converted from 0:1 before the half of the match and in the power play with a swing shot from the left circle for a throw-in sent Boston into the lead for the first time in the match. In the 35th minute, he was at the start of the action, during which the puck passed through Zacha to Krejčím, whose blocked pass went through the concrete of goalkeeper Filip Gustavsson. The home team reduced the score even further, but Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron, on whose goal Brad Marchand had the third assist of the game, and Trent Frederic on the power play confirmed the win.
The second best scorer in the league, Pastrňák, is only one goal and three points away from tying his personal records from 2019/20. Krejčí scored the 14th goal of the season and was named the second star of the match after Marchand. Zacha scored his 30th assist and is just two points away from the 50-point mark for the season.
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Goals: 7. Suter – 6. Toews, 28. MacKinnon, 38. Byram, 45. Eller, 46. Rantanen. Shots on goal: 34:23. Spectators: 19,515. Stars of the match: 1. MacKinnon, 2. Makar, 3. Georgiev (all Colorado).
Minnesota – Boston 2:5 (1:1, 0:2 , 1:2)
Goals: 10. M. Johansson, 48. Sundqvist – 19. DeBrusk, 29. Parsnip, 35. Krejci (Zacha, Pastrňák), 53. Bergeron, 59. Frederic. Shots on goal: 31:38. Spectators: 19,329. Stars of the match: 1. Marchand, 2. Krejčí (both Boston), 3. M. Johansson (Minnesota).
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Goals: 6. Glass, 47. Evangelista – 47. Ehlers, 51. Lowry, 61. Pionk. Shots on goal: 20:34. Spectators: 17,402. Stars of the match: 1. Pionk (Winnipeg), 2. Saros (Nashville), 3. Morrissey (Winnipeg).