David Pastrnak nets hat trick, reaches 41 goals in Bruins win over Habs

David Pastrnak did it again.

Another hat trick, another dominant offensive showing as he retook the NHL's scoring lead, potting three goals in a 4-1 Bruins win over the Canadiens on Wednesday night at TD Garden.

In a rebound from a loss to the Red Wings on Sunday — their first in the seven games — the Bruins took a first-period lead and never relented, handing the Habs their second consecutive defeat.

“Obviously we want to see him continue to score; it helps us win games,” said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “So now he's at 40 and who knows what's next, right? There's still a lot of hockey left. I think the way he started this year, we'd all thought he'd be in that area anyway, challenging for 50. That'll be the next conversation I assume, and good for him. He deserves it.”

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Jeff Petry #26 of the Montreal Canadiens and Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins fight during the first period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Jeff Petry #26 of the Montreal Canadiens drives Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins into the boards during the first period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Jeff Petry #26 of the Montreal Canadiens causes Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins to go flying during the first period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Fans go crazy after David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins scores the first goal during the first period of the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins tries to put one into the goal as he pushes through Victor Mete #53 and Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Ben Chiarot #8 of the Montreal Canadiens pushes David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins into Carey Price #31 during the first period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Anders Bjork #10 of the Boston Bruins and Nick Suzuki #14 of the Montreal Canadiens go after the puck during the first period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins and Jeff Petry #26 of the Montreal Canadiens fight for the puck during the first period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Phillip Danault #24 of the Montreal Canadiens and Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins get tangled up during the second period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Fans scream out as Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens and Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins get into it and both get penalized during the second period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins yells at Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens as they head to the penalty box during the second period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his 3rd goal with Patrice Bergeron #37 as Jeff Petry #26 of the Montreal Canadiens looks off during the second period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Carey Price #31 and Jeff Petry #26 of the Montreal Canadiens watch as David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins 3rd goal goes into the net during the second period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Hats go flying after David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins 3rd goal for a hat trick during the second period of the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Referees try to break up a fight between Jonathan Drouin #92 of the Montreal Canadiens and John Moore #27 of the Boston Bruins during the second period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins looks to score on Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens during the second period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Charlie McAvoy #73 of the Boston Bruins and Phillip Danault #24 of the Montreal Canadiens get tangled up during the third period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins looks over at John Moore #27 falling onto Artturi Lehkonen #62 of the Montreal Canadiens during the third period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins argues a call with the referees during the third period of the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

  • BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 12: Referees try to stop a fight between Jeff Petry #26 of the Montreal Canadiens and Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins during the first period of the NHL game at the TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

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Pastrnak became the first Bruins skater to score 40 goals in a season since Glen Murray in 2002-03, and he and Brad Marchand each eclipsed 70 points. Marchand became the 10th player in Bruins history to reach the 70 point plateau in at least four consecutive seasons.

* It's something I hadn't accomplished yet in my career, so obviously excited,” Pastrnak said. * But I couldn't have done it without my teammates. Big thanks come to them and just keep it rolling.”

Wednesday's chippy affair involved a Marchand scrap, plenty of antics between Zdeno Chara and Brendan Gallagher and all sorts of feistiness expected when the Canadiens come to town. The Bruins took advantage with their one power-play goal, and nothing else got too far out of hand in what ended up being a start-to-finish solid effort.

“There should be some chippiness,” said Cassidy. “We talked about that this morning. It's good to see it. I mean, we only play them four times; that's another reason why you lose some of the rivalry. It used to be eight times at least, so you don't see them as much to develop that hatred. You don't get them in a back-to-back anymore; there probably was some of those games back in the day. I liked the way we handled it.”

The Bruins brought intensity early and it paid off with a goal that should be on the highlight reels for a while.

They didn't score until 6:59 into the first despite some strong chances on Montreal goalie Carey Price, but the most impressive attempt found the back of the net. Marchand stole the puck at center ice and dangled through two Canadiens skaters, somehow flipping the puck to an open Pastrnak who easily deposited his 39th tally of the season.

Pastrnak struck again early in the second for his 40th. With 4:16 gone in the frame, Sean Kuraly found the B's scorer on a 2-on-1 after Pastrnak stripped Jeff Petry of the puck for a 2-0 lead.

The two-goal advantage was short-lived, though.

Habs defenseman Marco Scandella fired a puck past Tuukka Rask from just inside the blue line 36 seconds later to make it a one-goal contest.

Pastrnak netted his third of the game with 4:45 left for his fourth hat trick of the season.

On his 41st goal, Pastrnak pushed the puck past Price on a 4-on-3 that came from Joel Armia hitting Torey Krug up high. It was 4-on-4 with Chris Wagner and Jonathan Drouin shoving each other in the corner until they were sent off, but Armia's infraction gave the Bruins another man advantage with plenty of ice to work with.

Pastrnak made them pay and reclaimed the NHL lead in goals in the process.

His third goal also made him the first player to score two hat tricks against the Canadiens since 1951-52, when Gordie Howe did it. He also became the first Bruins skater to score four hat tricks in a season since Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito each did it in 1974-75.

Patrice Bergeron sealed it with an empty-net goal with 19 seconds left.

The Bruins next host the Red Wings on Saturday afternoon, looking to defeat the worst team in the NHL for the first time this season.