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Bruins winger David Pastrnak hits 30-goal mark in win over Flames

03.16.17 at 1:37 am ET
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David Pastrnak has 30 goals this season. (Sergei Belski/USA Today Sports)

David Pastrnak has 30 goals this season. (Sergei Belski/USA Today Sports)

Goalie or no goalie they all count the same, and after the empty-net dagger scored in a 5-2 Bruins win over the Flames, third-year pro David Pastrnak is officially the NHL’s newest 30-goal scorer.

30 goals seemed like a mere inevitability for the 20-year-old Pastrnak this year — even when he was mired in a mid-season slump that included just one goal in 20 games from Dec. 10 to Feb. 1 — but the plateau does put Pastrnak in a group with some elite company.

With 30 goals and 32 helpers on the season, Pastrnak becomes the 10th player since 2005 to have recorded a 30-goal, 30-assist season before the age of 21. The other names on that list? Patrice Bergeron, Sidney Crosby, Anze Kopitar, Evgeni Malkin, Sean Monahan, Alex Ovechkin, Jeff Skinner, Steven Stamkos, and Jonathan Toews. Crosby and Stamkos were the only two of that group to accomplish the feat twice.

The goal also made Pastrnak just the third skater in Bruins history to have recorded a 30-goal season before the age of 21, joining Barry Pederson (44 goals in 1981-82) and Bergeron (31 goals in 2005-06). It’s worth noting that former Bruins sniper Phil Kessel did record 36 goals in his third season in town, but turned 21 years old right before the start of the season.

Pastrnak is currently paced to finish the season with 36 goals and 74 points this season.

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