Well it’s not enough to make Torontonians actually like the Boston Bruins, but it is a sign of respect between two rivals that warms the soul a little bit.
Bruins sniper David Pastrnak has apparently picked Auston Matthews to win next season’s Hart Trophy, which is awarded annually to “the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”
#Bruins Pastrnak picks #leafs Auston Matthews to win Hart Trophy in 2019-20.— Mike Zeisberger (@Zeisberger) August 15, 2019
"The biggest thing is for him to be healthy ... Last season he was better in the playoffs than the yr before in the playoffs. That shows (he's) moving forward. He's an unbelievable player."
The Boston/Toronto rivalry is one that, in recent years, has left Leafs fans with a bitter taste in their mouths. We don’t need to reiterate the history there, but having a pure goal scorer like Pastrnak praise one of your players feels good.
Pastrnak scored 38 goals and 81 points throughout the 2018-19 regular season as part of the Bruins’ dangerous trio upfront with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. In Boston’s lengthy playoff run, which ended in a Game 7 loss to St. Louis in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the winger added another 19 points.
Matthews had a similar regular season to Pastrnak, scoring 37 goals for 73 points. He added six more points in the seven-game matchup against Boston in round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The duo faced off in a Bauer Hockey commercial last summer where they had an accuracy shooting competition. Pastrnak snuck by with a sudden death victory — sounds familiar doesn’t it.
The Leafs and Bruins will renew their rivalry this season on October 19th in Toronto, and three days later in Boston on the 22nd. We can predict quite a few goals will be scored by both Pastrnak and Matthews throughout that stretch.
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