ST. LOUIS — Bruce Cassidy is used to seeing what David Pastrnak did in the 2020 NHL All-Star Game every night. The Bruins forward put on a show on Saturday to earn MVP honors despite his Atlantic Division team losing the $1 million prize to the Pacific Division.
Pastrnak, who leads the NHL with 37 goals, scored three times in the Atlantic’s 9-5 semifinal win over the Metropolitan Division. He then added a goal and an assist in the final, but the Pacific Division finished on top 5-4.
“We had a good start. Obviously it was fun, but unfortunately came on the losing [end],” Pastrnak said afterward. “We wanted to win. Definitely a little bit painful.”
As is the thing with the three-on-three All-Star format, the two semifinals were a bit slow at points, but the final always sees the intensity pick up. The Atlantic stormed out to a 3-1 lead after the first half, but the Pacific roared back with four goals in the final 10 minutes.
“We all had fun but when it comes to the end we are all hockey players and it’s in our nature that everybody wants to win,” he said. “Even if you’re playing and having fun you still want to win.”
Along with MVP honors Pastrnak also gets to take home a 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid, which he said he’s not sure what he’ll with just yet.
Pastrnak now joins Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, and Bill Guerin as the only Bruins to take home All-Star Game MVP honors.
“It’s a huge honor, especially in an organization like the Bruins,” Pastrnak told Bruins TV. “Ray actually already texted me. It’s unbelievable.”