RECAP: Pastrnak’s hat trick helps Bruins defeat Flyers at Lake Tahoe

Feb 21, 2021; Stateline, Nevada, USA; A general view as the sun sets during the first period in a NHL Outdoors hockey game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins at Lake Tahoe. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

David Pastrnak scored three goals and Nick Ritchie added one goal and one assist to lift the Boston Bruins past the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3 Sunday in the NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nev.

Charlie McAvoy, Charlie Coyle and Trent Frederic each contributed one goal for the Bruins, who have won all five meetings against the Flyers this season. Three wins have come in regulation, one in overtime and one in a Shootout.

Brad Marchand, Connor Clifton, John Moore and Craig Smith had two assists each.

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 16 saves.

James van Riemsdyk had one goal and two assists while Sean Couturier had one goal and one assist for the Flyers.

Joel Farabee added one goal and Kevin Hayes contributed two assists.

Flyers goaltender Carter Hart allowed all six goals in two periods and was replaced by Brian Elliott to open the third.

Captain Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, Travis Konecny, Oskar Lindblom and Scott Laughton were among the vital Flyers on the COVID-19 list and out for this matchup.

The Bruins jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 34 seconds into the first period when Pastrnak sent a wrist shot into a mostly open net.

Farabee’s eighth goal of the season, an impressive feat as he scored while sliding on the ice, tied it at 1 at 6:41.

Philadelphia went ahead 2-1 when Couturier gathered a loose puck in front and scored at 14:48 of the first.

McAvoy equalized at 2 just 39 seconds later when he fired a slap shot through traffic in front.

Pastrnak’s second goal just 46 seconds into the second extended Boston’s advantage to 3-2. The nasty wrist shot clanged underneath the crossbar and into the net.

The Flyers had several solid scoring chances but couldn’t capitalize and the Bruins soon went ahead 4-2 when Coyle scored at 16:14 of the second. Frederic extended the lead to 5-2 only 33 seconds later with his first career goal.

Ritchie’s power play goal at 17:43 pushed the lead to 6-2.

Philadelphia closed within 6-3 when van Riemsdyk scored on the power play at 12:45 of the third.

Pastrnak registered the hat trick at 17:04. It was his second hat trick against the Flyers this season.

–Field Level Media