One of the most exciting races this season is the one for the Rocket Richard Trophy. Auston Matthews and Alex Ovechkin are locked in a tie with 40 goals each, but neither would share in the title if the season ended today. The winner would be David Pastrnak, who had a hat trick on Wednesday to extend to 41 goals in 58 contests.
He’s already set a new career-high in goals and there’s still 24 games left on the Bruins’ schedule. At this rate he’ll end up with 57 goals, which would be the highest goal total for any player since Steven Stamkos scored 60 back in 2011-12. Of course, with Matthews and Ovechkin close behind, any of those three could end up with the trophy. No one else is particularly close to them. Leon Draisaitl and Nathan MacKinnon are tied for fourth place with 32 markers.
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BOSTON 4 MONTREAL 1
David Pastrnak was the difference for Boston with a hat trick. He has 41 goals and 81 points in 58 games.
Patrice Bergeron accounted for the Bruins’ other goal. It was his 24th marker and 49th point in 49 contests.
Montreal’s goal was scored by Nick Suzuki. He has 12 goals and 36 points in 59 games.
Carey Price stopped 34 of 37 Bruins shots. He has a 24-20-4 record, 2.71 GAA, and .913 save percentage in 48 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Tuukka Rask turned aside 28 of 29 shots. He’s allowed just six goals over his last five games.
LOS ANGELES 5 CALGARY 3
David Rittich stopped 28 of 32 Kings shots. He surrendered a pair of goals in each of the second and third periods.
Elias Lindholm scored twice for Calgary. He’s up to 24 goals and 45 points in 58 games this season.
Jeff Carter scored the game-winning goal. It was his 17th marker and 26th point in 58 contests.
Two of the Kings’ five goals were assisted on by Anze Kopitar. That gives him 17 goals and 49 points in 58 games.
Calvin Petersen saved 35 of 38 shots last night. It was his second start and first win of the 2019-20 campaign.
VANCOUVER 3 CHICAGO 0
Jacob Markstrom saved an incredible 49 shots to earn the shutout. It was his second shutout of the season and his fifth career perfect game.
Patrick Kane fired a team-high eight shots against Markstrom. It’s the fifth time that he’s recorded eight or more shots in a single game this season. Of those five contests though, he’s only scored once.
Corey Crawford stopped 17 of 19 shots on Wednesday. He never had to face more than eight shots in a single period.
Brandon Sutter scored a goal and registered two assists. He has eight markers and 15 points in 33 contests.
Bo Horvat netted the game-winning goal. It was his 18th goal and 46th point in 58 games.