The NHL Outdoors game in Lake Tahoe was a showcase for the Bruins, but it turned out to be so much more.
The Bruins provided a spectacle of well-played hockey, high fashion, and exquisite taste of postgame music.
"We were listening to 'Barbie Girl' before you guys asked me to do media, so I was kind of dancing to these glasses in the locker room and then you guys ruined it and I had to go answer the questions. I missed the 'Barbie Girl' song." -- @pastrnak96 pic.twitter.com/clohb2JX2j— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 22, 2021
David Pastrnak, rocking a stellar pair of shades, recorded his tenth career hat trick under the bright lights. Always overflowing with flair, Pastrnak notched another signature performance in a big spot. However, it wasn’t all about one of the league’s premier goal scorers: Bruce Cassidy received a great effort from up and down the lineup, with the team’s stars and depth players all contributing to the winning effort. Brad Marchand had two assists and Charlie McAvoy scored, while Trent Frederic scored his first career NHL goal and John Moore chipped in his first two points of the season.
Beyond their on-ice beatdown, the Bruins channeled their inner-90s, with the team sporting some outrageously stylish outfits prior to the game. Patrice Bergeron, in his first year as Bruins’ captain, led the charge by brainstorming the idea for the concept. In their 2019 Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium, the Bruins channeled their inner Peaky Blinders pregame.
The Bruins’ have possessed a notoriously strong locker room, where the guys play for one another. Off-ice antics rarely bother the team, as their strong bond forges them forward and to strong results. After the team lost two integral pieces within the locker room in Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug, the veterans would be counted on to usher in and gel with new faces in a shortened and strained season. Needless to say, the team seems to have come together quickly: the winning ways, gusty comebacks, and fanny packs speak for themselves.
While the game certainly provided plenty of scenic, picturesque views, the Bruins stole the show, from their off-ice glamour to their on-ice dominance. In a whacky weekend full of schedule changes (darn you, sun!), the Bruins’ somehow topped it off in the most eccentric way possible.