Bruins seem to chirp ‘Felger & Mazz’ after David Pastrnak’s top-shelf purpose


David Pastrnak drew some criticism for his shootout try throughout Monday’s loss to Colorado.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 25: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 25, 2023 in New York City.
David Pastrnak scored his twenty fifth purpose of the season on Tuesday evening. Photograph by Bruce Bennett/Getty Pictures)

David Pastrnak has been removed from a conduit of criticism this season for the Bruins.

Getting into Tuesday evening’s recreation in opposition to the Coyotes, Pastrnak was fourth within the NHL in scoring with 56 factors (24 objectives, 32 assists) in simply 39 video games. Even with out two confirmed playmakers in Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci on the roster, Pastrnak continues to be on tempo for a career-high 118 factors this yr.

However after Boston got here up brief in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Avalanche on Monday evening, Pastrnak caught some flak for his game-deciding shot try in opposition to Colorado goalie Alexandar Georgiev.

Pastrnak has discovered twine 325 occasions in his profession because of an array of blistering one-timers, artful dekes, and sharp wrist pictures. However with Boston in want of a tally to push the shootout into the fourth spherical, Pastrnak opted for a slightly pedestrian shot that thudded off Georgiev’s pads to seal the win for Colorado.

Contemplating that Pastrnak has already beat a number of goalies this season with a few gravity-defying shots, the optics of Pastrnak’s shot try in opposition to Colorado drew the ire of many — together with 98.5 The Sports activities Hub’s Michael Felger on Tuesday afternoon. 

“Have you ever watched the Pastrnak shootout try? … I’d droop him,” Felger mentioned on “Felger & Mazz”, as captured by DJ Bean of the “What Chaos!” Podcast. “Suspended! Suspended! … After the shootout try, I’d like to see extra Pastrnak on the market — not giving a crap.”

After all, it didn’t take very lengthy for Pastrnak to get again on the scoresheet. And it looks as if the Bruins saved a number of receipts.

Pastrnak opened the scoring for Boston throughout its highway matchup in opposition to the Coyotes on Tuesday, beating Connor Ingram with a top-shelf shot at 4:41 within the first interval. It was a formidable launch from Pastrnak, who now has 25 tallies on the season.

The Bruins clearly took notice of the discourse surrounding Pastrnak’s shootout try the evening prior.

Of their put up on X, previously often known as Twitter, that showcased Pastrnak’s snip, the Bruins wrote: “Does everybody approve of this shot try?”

After all, Pastrnak is just not resistant to criticism. His creativity with the puck can lead to turnovers that give approach to odd-man rushes or Grade-A appears to be like that may sail previous Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark.

However these misgivings are often remedied in brief order, given how typically he decimates opposing defenses. 

(You can additionally make the case that Pastrnak was making an attempt to beat Georgiev five-hole with a sudden shot as an alternative of his anticipated slingshot transfer, as noted by WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin.)

This isn’t the primary time the Bruins have used a few of Felger’s soundbites as bulletin board materials. Of their playoff hype video forward of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Bruins used Felger’s feedback in regards to the youth on Boston’s roster — akin to Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy — as a supply of motivation.