David Pastrnak. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Bruins lost in Toronto last night, but David Pastrnak scored both B's goals to lift him to 19 on the season - tied with the Jets' Patrik Laine for the NHL lead.
The Boston winger's really enjoyed facing Toronto, too. Five goals in their last two meetings after a hat trick earlier this month, and 15 goals and 14 assists over his 20 career games against the Maple Leafs, including last spring's playoffs.
How does David explain the success?
"I don't know, I just go out there and play," he said. "Maybe last year, you know, the playoffs kind of made me feel good beating them, you know, and we had a good series. Other than that, just go out and play."
Pastrnak hadn't scored in his previous five games, so coach Bruce Cassidy appreciated the contribution.
"When your best players don't score for stretches, it's gonna show up," he said. "Secondary scoring has helped us. It's helped us in Montreal, helped us in Arizona, Detroit get a point, eventually you need it."
The B's have managed points in seven of their last nine games to move into the top Wild Card spot in the East. They'll host the Islanders Thursday.
WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports