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David Pastrnak delivers eighth career National Hockey League hat trick

Neal Pionk Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neal Pionk
Cary Erickson | 14 January, 2020, 02:25

Pastrnak eliminated three one-goal deficits in three periods while recording his third hat-trick in the season and seventh of his career.

Pastrnak extended his points in 12 games (nine goals, 10 assists).

Next: Will Jaroslav Halak's Bruins move on? The Jets have the NHL's 13th-best power play, now sitting with a 20.31 percent and 26 power-play goals. "It's good to finally be able to put together two games". "We kind of let one get away". Bergeron's tally also ended a stretch of six straight losses in the extra session - overtime or shootout - dating back to their last OT win over the Rangers on November 29. McAvoy (0-16-16 in 43 games) played almost half the game (28 minutes, 53 seconds), landed five hits and blocked four shots. Backup Laurent Brossoit, who hadn't started since December 23, finished with 31 saves. He stopped 17 shots.

"They played heavy, we responded, there were momentum swings both ways", Moore said.

With the Bruins on a power play, Varlamov made a diving save to his right to deny David Pastrnak's wraparound try with 5:13 left, drawing chants of "Var-ly!"

Pastrnak's 35 goals this season are four more than San Ramon, CA native Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who is in second place with 31 goals.

The effort paid off with Jake DeBrusk lighting the lamp for the third time in two games to even things up at 8:33 of the second. But Pastrnak completed his scoring just minutes later, tying it on a shot just in front of the net off assists by David Krejci and DeBrusk.

But after an interference penalty was called on Boston's Matt Grzelcyk, the Jets capitalized and tied it with 7.5 seconds left in the period on a long goal by Pionk from just inside the blue line.

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LAST 10 GAMES: Bruins: 5-1-4, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.9 assists, 3.7 penalties and 7.7 penalty minutes while allowing 2.4 goals per game with a.921 save percentage.

However, when all was said and done, we came away with a valuable two points, which are vital in retaining the Atlantic Division lead and thus hopefully an easier first-round opponent in the play-offs.

Connor scored Winnipeg's first goal with a nice piece of stickhandling through defenceman Torey Krug.

It was Boston's 40th power-play goal of the season.

Connor got free on a two-on-one break up the left side, cut inside defender Krug and flicked a backhanded shot past Halak for his 22nd goal of the season to give the Jets a 1-0 lead.

National Hockey League goal leader Pastrnak was left alone in the slot to tie it late in the first with his 33 of the year.

Kevan Miller hasn't played in nine months since fracturing his kneecap the first time and it still doesn't appear he's close to returning any time soon.

Chara, for what it's worth, wanted to play, but was successfully talked out of it by Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy and general manager Don Sweeney. "It's the type of player that I am and just keep working and getting better".