David Pastrnak set the tone early in the Bruins’ 5-2 win over the Islanders on Saturday.
The Czech forward has been known to bring a strong suit game to the rink. (See this custom-made one for the 2020 All-Star Game.) For Game 1 of this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs second round, he strutted into TD Garden in a suit he called “boring” but was anything but.
Off-white with what looked like hummingbirds and blue foliage down the outside of the jacket and pants, the suit showed Pastrnak had brought his A-game on all levels. As NHL.com’s Amalie Benjamin noted, it hinted that Pastrnak was “planning on being on the postgame Zoom.”
And there he was postgame, not because reporters had questions about his fashion choice — although he was asked about it — but because the star potted a hat trick. Each goal was flashy, like the suit. The first, a hesitation shot from the left circle on the power play, tied the game 1-1. The second gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead as he buried a rebound into an open net. The third gave his squad a two-goal cushion late in the third period as he cut to the middle and then snapped one home from the slot.
“It’s more like motivation, right? I needed to play good,” Pastrnak said with a big grin of his suit choice. “No, I always like fashion. I think I’m going to say, it’s the boring one today that I decided [on] compared to what I was going to wear. And then, at the end I kind of back off it and decided to go with this one.
“Still have a couple of crazy ones in the closet and hopefully will be bold enough to wear it. I love fashion and as long as I feel good, I don’t care what other people think.”
David Pastrnak: Confident goal scorer. Confident fashionista.
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