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David Pastrnak nets hat trick as Bruins blast Ducks

Jan 8, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras (11) controls the puck during the second period against the Boston Bruins at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports

David Pastrnak registered his 13th career hat trick as part of a four-point performance as the Boston Bruins rolled past the host Anaheim Ducks 7-1 on Sunday night.

Pastrnak scored three goals and added an assist to pace the Bruins, who improved to 11-0-3 over their last 14 games after sweeping a three-game California road trip.

Two of Pastrnak’s goals came within a 17-second span in the second period.

Boston also scored twice in the first and three times in the third.

Pastrnak became the third player in the NHL to reach the 30-goal mark this season.

David Krejci added a goal and two assists, while Pavel Zacha and Matt Grzelcyk each notched two assists for the Bruins.

Brad Marchand, Hampus Lindholm and Charlie Coyle also scored as Boston matched its season-high goal total.

Patrice Bergeron became just the fourth player in Bruins history to record 600 career assists, dishing out the lone helper on Pastrnak’s second goal.

Jeremy Swayman made 28 saves, improving to 4-0-2 in his last six starts.

Trevor Zegras scored the lone goal and John Gibson stopped 35 shots for Anaheim, which had won back-to-back games.

The Bruins had a 42-29 shot advantage.

Pastrnak scored just 3:49 in, ripping home a one-timer after Krejci’s feed from the end line to the top of the right circle.

The Czech connection reversed roles to double Boston’s lead at 9:46. After Zacha swung the puck around, Pastrnak picked it up behind the goal and slid it outside the left post for Krejci to lift home on Gibson’s glove side.

Anaheim fired just three of its six first-period shots before Zegras took Ryan Strome’s pass and beat Swayman with a close-range one-timer from the left with 3:05 remaining.

Pastrnak capped his hat trick with two quick-fire goals in the second. He first scored on the man advantage at 11:56 after multiple Gibson saves before Grzelcyk’s feed sprung a breakaway just 17 seconds later.

At 6:20 of the third, Marchand scored a wraparound goal following Trent Frederic’s try.

Lindholm scored his first goal in 29 games, beating his former team with a shot from a tight angle on the left side at 11:26.

Coyle tucked the final Boston goal inside the left post with 3:50 left.

–Field Level Media