With the league on an indefinite hiatus and there not being a lot to look forward to in terms of hockey, perhaps a look back at the top 5 goals scored by the Boston Bruins this season might help to brighten the days of B’s fans.
Boston, prior to the break, sat 7th overall in goals scored with an impressive 227, so there was certainly no shortage of goals to choose from for this list. As a sidenote, if this list doesn’t make you smile, just be glad you’re not a Red Wings fan...they’ve only scored 142 times this season, while letting in 265 goals. Yikes!
The real challenge in creating a list of the top 5 goals was narrowing it down to just 5, and then trying to order them from one to five. When compiling this list, I tried to consider not just the visual appeal and actual talent required to score the goal, but also the timeliness and importance of the goal.
After some completely subjective research, here are the top 5 goals scored by a Bruins this year.
5. Pasta’s Slapper vs the Canadiens (December 1, 2019)
Because it was against the Montreal Canadiens, there’s really something extra satisfying about this goal.
With the Bruins down by one and struggling to get anything going against the Habs all game, David Pastrnak changed everything with one wicked slapper over the shoulder of Carey Price.
Led by a great pass up the boards by Andres Bjork, Pastrnak flies down the wing and unleashes a bullet to tie the game at one. From there, the Bruins kicked it in to overdrive, scoring twice more to beat the Canadiens, 3-1.
4. Krejci and Pastrnak Work a Little Magic vs Rangers (November 29, 2019)
This goal was amazing for many reasons: the ridiculousness of Pastrnak making Pavel Buchnevich look like a human pylon, a sick pass to David Krejci...but there are so many other layers to this goal.
Despite facing adversity even before the game started with Patrice Bergeron out, the Bruins still found a way to persevere. A two-goal deficit and a late 4-minute minor weren’t enough to stop the Bruins on this day.
Finally at 1:40 into OT, Krejci finishes off the comeback, burying the puck behind a sprawling Henrik Lundqvist.
3. Pasta Through the Legs vs Leafs (October 22, 2019)
No explanation needed here. Just David Pastrnak doing ridiculous David Pastrnak things.
2. Torey Krug Goes End to End vs. Wild (November 23, 2020)
Like goal #4 on this list, this goal is amazing on its own, and even better when considering the timing and importance of the goal itself. After coming back from 2 goals down early in the 3rd period, the Bruins (in particular David Krejci) forced OT, and Krug finishes the comeback off in style.
Using tremendous vision and speed, Krug dances through 3 Wild players before sneaking it through the five-hole of Alex Stalock and the Bruins win in electrifying fashion.
1. Jake DeBrusk Adds Insurance vs the Bolts (March 3, 2020)
Not enough has been made of this goal scored by Jake DeBrusk against the Lightning. Not only did he pull this goal off in perhaps the most important game of the year thus far for the Bruins (and while he was in the midst of a terrible goal scoring slump), but that and the degree of difficulty combine to make this the #1 goal of the Bruins season.
The fact that DeBrusk is able to pull off this deke against one of the best goalies in the league after falling at the blue line and while skating so fast is crazy. He literally has from the hash marks in to corral the puck, dangle, and lift it up over the blocker of Vasilevskiy.
It was an incredible goal by DeBrusk, and was crucial to a very important win by the Bruins.
There were so many great goals to choose from to create this list, and it would be a shame not to mention this two beauties by David Pastrnak, set up by great passes from Brad Marchand:
So that’s the list. What do you think? Are these the top 5 goals of the year? Are there any goals missing from this list? Any that shouldn’t be included?