Bruins Excel on the Play of Marchand, Pastrnak

USATSI_9589430_154158418_lowresThe Boston Bruins are three games into the 2016-2017 regular season and sit at 2-1-0 after picking up a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.

David Pastrnak had his fourth goal of the season and extended his point streak to three games to kick off the year, while Brad Marchand maintained his grip atop the league in points. That could change given the logjam of players with six points, but for now the 28-year-old’s seven points is sufficient for the league lead.

Marchand’s two goals and five assists are due in large part to a blockbuster game against the Columbus Blue Jackets to start the season. He had five points (two goals and three helpers) to kick off the year.

Pastrnak, meanwhile, shares the league lead in goals with Chicago’s Richard Panik and Toronto’s Auston Matthews. The Maple Leaf had four goals in his debut game, but he hasn’t scored since. Panik had a hat trick on October 15 against the Nashville Predators, scoring three goals on four shots.

Pastrnak had a goal against the Jets and posted four points against the Blue Jackets in just over 15 minutes of ice time. He also scored a goal against the Maple Leafs and suited up for his 100th career game against Winnipeg.

The performances of Marchand and Pastrnak could spell big things for the Bruins this season, especially as the season really kicks into high gear.

After all, the 20-year-old Czech had just 10 goals in his debut season and 15 in his sophomore season. Boston has been waiting for him to break out and play a full season and 2016-2017 could be his year.

Marchand is coming off a 37-goal season and seems on track to approach those numbers again, although he’ll probably fall of pace. So far he’s averaging 18:24 of ice time a game and seems set to achieve more of the same should he avoid injuries.

So sure, the Bruins are 2-1-0 and it’s too early in the season to make any bold predictions, but the play of Marchand and Pastrnak seems to be setting some sort of tone. And if that’s any indication of how things could end up, it might be wise to keep an eye on things in Boston.

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