The 44th minute of the duel was running, when Pastrňák took advantage of DeBruska’s accurate pass in the power play and made it 5:1 for the Bears with a shot into Vasilevsky’s open goal.
After his shot, Pastrňák continued to move towards the back bar and through the Plexiglas he could not help but notice the reaction of one of the home fans, who showed the Czech winger a raised middle finger.
Pastrnak’s reaction? He did not take his eyes off the Tampa supporter, which the person in question could not stand. First he hid his middle finger, then looked away.
A smiling David Pastrnak: “You could see that? That was pretty funny. You could tell he felt bad about it because he pulled it right back down pretty quick” pic.twitter.com/NEhXTxivCj
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) November 22, 2022
“Did you see that? It was quite funny. You could tell he felt bad about it when he pulled (the finger) back down pretty quickly,” Boston Hockey News reporter Joe Haggerty quoted a laughing Pastrnak as saying after the game.
He thus recorded the 29th Canadian point in the 19th game of the season and in the Canadian scoring of the entire competition, he ranks fifth with a two-point loss to the second Leon Draisaitl from Edmonton. Other Czechs also registered against Tampa; David Krejčí with a goal and an assist, Pavel Zacha with one final pass.
However, the main star of the game was Patrice Bergeron. The 37-year-old Canadian center of the first formation assisted on the Bruins’ third goal, thus reaching the jubilee thousandth point in his 1235th game in the NHL.
“It’s a special moment for me, it doesn’t happen every day. It’s another milestone in my career, I had no idea what I was going to achieve. I’m glad I was able to cross that line with this group,” said Captain Bergeron, who he connected his entire career in the NHL with Boston.
Before him, only three players reached the 1,000-point goal in a Bruins jersey – Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bucyk (1,339) and Phil Esposito (1,012).
“If he had been more selfish, he could have had 1,200 or 1,300 points a long time ago. But he is completely devoted to the team, he does not try to chase personal achievements. He always thinks about the team, that’s what he’s amazing about,” said Boston coach Jim Montgomery, a member of the Triple Gold Club, which includes winners of the World Cup, Olympic Games and Stanley Cup.