|DAVID PASTRNAK, Boston|
David Pastrnak of the Bruins took two uncharacteristically awkward shots at the goal during a power play against the Kings. He scored on the less likely of the two.
On the first effort, Pastrnak was left all alone in the middle of the left circle, where he is typically lethal. Furthermore, he was set up for a one-timer, a scoring method that only five other players have scored on more frequently this year.
But his timing was all off. He let the puck fly at the net with his legs splaying widely as he got down into shooting position. With his knee down on the faceoff dot he shot a wobbler that had it been on net still would have gone in, so badly out of position was Los Angeles goalie Peter Budaj. But it fluttered wide of the near post.
It would be nice to say that Pastrnak would not be denied. And he wasn’t, but with a major asterisk. Moments later he was again set up for a one-timer. With a huge swing, Pastrnak made good contact with it, but not good wood. His stick scissored in two as it hit the puck. But as the old saying goes, Budaj was expecting the express and got the local.
The shot never got higher than a foot off the ice and instead of rising as Budaj anticipated, it dipped halfway to him and floated between his pads.
The goal came late in the second period and gave Boston a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
|2/23/2017 vs. Los Angeles.
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