The quest for 50 goals will have to wait. The race for the Hart Trophy has been put on hold.
But even if the NHL season ended today -- words that actually have meaning after the league suspended play Thursday due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak -- David Pastrnak still would have a place in the Boston Bruins' record books.
Pastrnak is enjoying a breakout 2019-20 season for the Bruins, with 95 points (48 goals and 47 assists) through 70 games. Those 48 goals tie Pastrnak with Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin for the NHL lead.
And if no more games are played -- or if Pastrnak outscores Ovechkin when games resume -- Pastrnak would become the first Bruin in 45 years to win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading goal scorer, according to Boston Sports Info.
The 23-year-old winger would become just the second Bruin to lead the NHL in goals outside Hall of Famer Phil Esposito, who was the NHL's leading goal-scorer in six consecutive seasons from 1969 to 1975.
Pastrnak has scored 20 of those 48 goals on the power play -- which also puts him in the record books as the youngest Bruin to tally 20 or more power play goals in a single season, per Boston Sports Info.
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— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) March 13, 2020
Of the six other Bruins players to score at least 20 power play goals in a season, three are in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Not too shabby.
Considering Boston owns the NHL's best record (100 points) and Pastrnak is two goals away from being the team's first 50-goal scorer since Cam Neely in 1993-94, Bruins fans are hopeful the NHL can resume play in the near future.
Make no mistake, though: Pastrnak already has plenty of feathers in his cap.
How David Pastrnak already has made Bruins history in suspended season originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston