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Sport Pastrnak the Unpredictable: Bruins winger is dominating NHL

15:35  13 december  2019
15:35  13 december  2019 Source:   ap.org

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David Pastrňák (Czech pronunciation: [ˈdavɪt ˈpastr̩ɲaːk]; born 25 May 1996) nicknamed "Pasta”, is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League

David Pastrnak Bio. When Pastrnak walked on stage at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia as the No. 25 player chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins , he kissed his hand and pointed to the Heading into the draft, NHL Central Scouting had ranked Pastrnak fifth among European skaters.

a group of hockey players on the field: Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates his goal with center Patrice Bergeron (37) and defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)© APWF Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates his goal with center Patrice Bergeron (37) and defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

David Pastrnak on the ice these days is like a dazzling young magician who isn't quite sure how his sleight of hand is going to work out.

When he has the puck, his Boston Bruins teammates don't know what to expect. Opponents don't know. He doesn't even know.

''If you don't know what you'll do, then they're not going to know what to do,'' Pastrnak said.

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Unpredictability is at the core of Pastrnak's brilliance. His blend of creativity and skill is the reason the player nicknamed ''Pasta'' leads the NHL with 26 goals.

The 23-year-old winger from the Czech Republic has been better than a point-a-game player before and helped Boston reach the Stanley Cup Final last year, but this season has put him in the discussion as one of the best goal-scorers in the world.

''He's played great hockey this year,'' said Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals star who has led the league in goals eight times and may now be passing the torch to Pastrnak. ''He's a great shooter, a great skater and he's on the next level this year.''

a group of hockey players on the snow: Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak (88) tries to deflect a shot past Colorado Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz, behind, as Ian Cole (28) defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)© APWF Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak (88) tries to deflect a shot past Colorado Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz, behind, as Ian Cole (28) defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Pastrnak is on pace to shatter his career high in goals and points. He credits that to chemistry with linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and more of a ''shoot first, ask questions later'' mentality that has perhaps taken opposing defenses and goaltenders by surprise.

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''I've been playing with these two guys so long that I know where they're at and I know where to find them and they know where to go,'' Pastrnak said. ''I've been shooting the puck a little more. I think when there is a shot, I take it. It used to be times when I would still look for pass. Now, I think I discover better that if I'm in a good spot, then I should shoot.''

Pastrnak is averaging almost four shots a game, but aside from the faceoff circle on the power play where he can one-time the puck, few know when he's going to put the puck on net. He has even tried a drop pass on a breakaway this season.

Good luck to anyone trying to anticipate his next move.

''Even his own teammates don't know what to expect from him,'' said Washington defenseman Radko Gudas, who has played with Pastrnak on the Czech national team. ''I think that's the hardest part is the reading of him, but for a defenseman, you're staying on the defensive side, there's only so much you can do. I guess you try to not get dangled by him.''

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The Bruins dominated the Maple Leafs the first two games of the Eastern Conference First Round. Pastrnak came in on Andersen from the middle of the ice, but the goaltender was there to end the With the Bruins net empty and 2:22 remaining in the game, Pastrnak again tried to recreate the luck

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Teammates only have to worry about that in practice. In games, they benefit from Pastrnak's magic acts.

Much like skating with a distributing center like Connor McDavid or Sidney Crosby, it's not easy playing with someone who is abruptly creative, but his linemates are finally getting the trick.

''I just try to stay predictable for him,'' Marchand said. ''I tend to go to the same spots or put the puck in the same areas. So when he's being unpredictable he at least knows what I'm going to do and then I kind of just let him do his thing and try to find space where he isn't.''

Marchand added: ''He could do 100 different things in a game, so it's tough to defend that.''

How about coaching it? Bruce Cassidy isn't worried about Boston's top goal-scorer going off script - he expects it - and figures Bergeron and Marchand would put Pastrnak back in line, if needed.

The Bruins coach understands his top line's dynamic allows for Pastrnak and Marchand to be more offensively driven because Bergeron does so much all over the ice.

''With the puck, he's earned the right to play his game,'' Cassidy said of Pastrnak. ''The things we work with David on is playing through frustration, if teams are starting to play you harder. We've talked to him about how he can still help the team. We talk about his play away from the puck because he's on the ice 18, 20 minutes a night, so that's important.''

Opponents can sense confidence oozing from Pastrnak and see that as the reason for his breakout season. Pastrnak himself is soft-spoken and just trying to enjoy himself and score some goals.

''That's what it's about, to have fun, and I think that's when you play your best hockey,'' he said. ''I'm just trying to make plays that I see.''

More often than not, they're plays no one else can see.

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Ovechkin, Pastrnak, MacKinnon, McDavid are All-Star captains .
NEW YORK (AP) Washington's Alex Ovechkin, Boston's David Pastrnak, Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Edmonton's Connor McDavid were voted NHL All-Star captains. Ovechkin was voted by fans to captain the Metropolitan Division, Pastrnak the Atlantic, MacKinnon the Central and McDavid the Pacific. McDavid was voted into All-Star Weekend for a fourth season in a row and Ovechkin a third in a row.© APWF Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, takes a shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Washington.

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