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David Pastrnak has worked the rust off.Pastrnak had three goals and two assists for a career-high five points Wednesday night Montreal Canadiens T-Shirts Authentic , sending the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers.Playing his fifth game since missing 16 following left thumb surgery, the winger raised his goal total to a team-leading 36.“Pretty close,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said when asked if Pastrnak is fully recovered. “Obviously, a great night. He was firing the puck well. It looked like he was more comfortable handling it in traffic.”Coming off a 3-1 road trip but disappointed after blowing a two-goal lead Monday night against NHL-best Tampa Bay, the Bruins broke it open with four goals in the third period for their 12th consecutive victory at home. It’s their longest streak since winning 14 straight during the 2008-09 season.Pastrnak completed his fourth career hat trick and third this season with a power-play goal to make it 4-2 with 7:08 to play, triggering a flow of hats that littered the ice. He became the first Bruins player with a trio of hat tricks in one season since Hall of Famer Cam Neely in 1993-94.“It helps a lot for me coming back from after a long time (away),” Pastrnak said. “It was a little bit tough at the beginning.”The Bruins had gone 1-7-2 in their last 10 games against the Rangers, including losing the first two meetings this season.Backup goalie Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves. Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy and Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston Montreal Canadiens Hoodies Authentic , which went 4 for 6 on the power play.“It’s hard enough to win in this league when you don’t beat yourself,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “We did a lot of good things early, hanging around a good hockey team, then just imploded.”Mika Zibanejad had two goals and Ryan Strome also scored for the Rangers, who have lost six of seven as the season nears a close. Their rebuilding project continues after dealing away eight players off the roster at the past two trade deadlines.Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots, losing for just the second time in his last nine games against the Bruins. He made a highlight-reel save midway into the first period on Chris Wagner when he lunged across the crease to make a stick save.“They have a lot of good players, but first, to win any games we have to play smart,” Lundqvist said. “We can’t have two too many men on the ice (penalties) Montreal Canadiens Hats Authentic , for example. There’s no excuse for that.”Pastrnak’s second goal broke a 1-all tie at 9:15 of the second. It came off a nice setup from David Krejci, who cut around Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo and shifted from forehand to backhand before slipping a cross-ice pass to the winger, who sent a one-timer into the net from the right circle.Pastrnak then made a beautiful cross-ice pass to DeBrusk, who made it a two-goal lead 3:19 into the third.With the Rangers short-handed following their first too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty, Pastrnak one-timed a feed from Brad Marchand, moving Boston ahead 2:48 into the game.The Rangers tied it with a power-play goal of their own when Strome sent Zibanejad in alone and he reached back to slip a forehand behind Halak as he was moving across the edge of the crease at 16:29 of the first period.NOTES: The Bruins announced they’ve reached a 10-year agreement with their AHL affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island. They’ve been together continually since 1992. … Team president Neely met the media to discuss the agreement with Providence and was asked about the probable first-round playoff matchup with Toronto, which entered the night as the Eastern Conference’s fourth-best team. “We don’t want to look past anybody. We’ve got a strong division with Toronto and Tampa,” he said. “Would I like to see 2 play 7? Probably.” … Boston D Torey Krug returned after missing six games while he was in concussion protocol. … Nearly half (40 of 76) of the Rangers’ games have been decided by one goal. … New York D Brady Skjei took a puck off the side of the head and left the ice in the third.UP NEXTRangers: Host the St. Louis Blues on Friday.Bruins: Host Florida on Saturday. Boston beat the Panthers 7-3 on the road last Saturday. TORONTO (AP) — John Tavares had a front-row seat for Mathew Barzal’s first-career hat trick a little over a year ago as his friend Custom Montreal Canadiens Jerseys , teammate and captain.The New York Islanders center’s second three-goal game in the NHL left Tavares with a decidedly different feeling Saturday.Barzal scored a natural hat trick in the second period, Valtteri Filppula had a highlight-reel goal and the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 in their first game against Tavares, their former captain.New York has won six of seven. Robin Lehner made 36 saves for his second shutout of the season, and Ryan Pulock had two assists.The Islanders pounded the Maple Leafs in a reunion with Tavares, who signed with Toronto as a free agent July 1.“Anticipation and a lot of unknown,” Tavares said of his emotions before puck drop. “Going against a lot of familiar faces … I just tried to handle it as best I could.“Just wish I could have played better and got a better result.”The 28-year-old Tavares played nine seasons in New York, collecting 272 goals and 349 assists for 621 points in 669 games.“To have one like tonight’s obviously disappointing,” said Tavares. “It’s going to leave a sour taste.“Hopefully we can learn from this.”Garret Sparks stopped 24 shots as Toronto ended its five-game winning streak.“We all love Johnny,” said Barzal www.officialpredators.com , the reigning NHL rookie of the year. “He was such a big part of this team.“We wanted to beat him, I’m sure he wanted to beat us.”Filppula got New York going by splitting two defenders on a 1-on-2 rush and beating Sparks past the blocker for his ninth goal.Barzal then ran off his second career hat trick in less than eight minutes. Last season’s Rookie of the Year tipped Johnny Boychuk’s point shot for a 2-0 lead at 2:49 and deflected a one-timer off defenseman Nikita Zaitsev during a power play two minutes later. He completed the hat trick off a neutral zone turnover, beating Sparks five-hole for his 10th goal.Barzal’s three-goal game was the first by an Islander against Toronto since Mike Bossy on March 20, 1986.Tavares , the first pick in the 2009 NHL draft, served as Islanders captain from September 2013 until bolting for the team he cheered for as a kid growing up in Toronto’s suburbs.He has 26 goals and 18 assists in 39 games with his new team, but saw a six-game point streak (seven goals, four assists) come to an end as his old club got a measure of revenge led by Barzal’s second-career hat trick.“We weren’t good enough,” Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said. “They gave us a lesson.”NOTES: Barzal’s other NHL hat trick came Dec. 23 Nashville Predators T-Shirts Authentic , 2017, against Winnipeg. … Sparks got his third straight start. He picked a 4-2 road victory Friday over Columbus in Toronto’s first game after the NHL’s Christmas break. … Leafs No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen backed up Sparks the last two games, but didn’t dress against New York because of a groin injury. Kasimir Kaskisuo was recalled from the AHL Marlies on an emergency basis. … Michael Dal Colle, who was recalled from the AHL with Islanders F Jordan Eberle (upper-body injury) on injured reserve, recorded an assist for his first NHL point in his seventh game.UP NEXTIslanders: Play at Buffalo on Monday night.Maple Leafs: Host Minnesota on Thursday.
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