Pastrnak on All-Star snub: 'It's not like I'm disappointed or something'

Pastrnak on All-Star snub: 'It's not like I'm disappointed or something'

ST. LOUIS -- While it was good news that both Tuukka Rask and Brad Marchand were named NHL All-Stars for the first time, the Bruins also had a bit of an All-Star snub: David Pastrnak.

The 20-year-old Czech right winger is tied for sixth in the NHL with his 19 goals in just 36 games during a breakout year, and certainly merited heavy consideration.

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But the simple truth is that there isn’t always enough room on an All-Star game roster when every team must be represented, and that the Bruins probably don’t deserve more than two All-Star representatives given their rather average first half-season. So Pastrnak is out for now, though perhaps he still could be invited to the NHL midseason classic in Los Angeles if players begin to drop with injuries between now and the end of the month.

Either way, Pastrnak wasn’t upset with the development and didn’t have much expectation of making the All-Star squad.

“No . . . no. I’m happy for the guys," he said when asked if he was upset. "It would be a great experience and it would obviously be nice to go to the All-Stars. But I’m young. [Marchand] has worked a long way to get there and I’m really happy for him. Obviously . . .  when I’d scored a couple of goals I was thinking about [the All-Star game], but it’s nothing like it’s going to push me down, you know?

“I just keep playing the same [game]. It came into my mind, but it’s not like I’m disappointed or something.”

Pastrnak has now gone 10 games without a goal after his red-hot goal-scoring start, so, disappointment or not, it’s something he could use as motivation to get into the scorer’s circle.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Tuesday’s morning skate at the Scottrade Center:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak
Vatrano-Krejci-Backes
Schaller-Spooner-Nash
Czarnik/Hayes-Moore-Blidh

Chara-Carlo
Krug-McQuaid
K. Miller- C. Miller
Liles-Morrow

Rask

What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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Friday, Feb. 24: 'Slap Shot' turns 40

Friday, Feb. 24: 'Slap Shot' turns 40

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while always holding a special place in my heart for Dickie Dunn as my favorite "Slap Shot" character. If Dickie Dunn wrote it, then it must be true.

*The ESPN hockey crew puts together some of their best scenes and favorite lines from "Slap Shot" as the movie hits 40 years old. I was first introduced to Slap Shot in my high school years and I liked it for the Hanson Brothers as much as for anything else, but that is a movie that just gets better and better every time I watch it. And I’ve watched it dozens and dozens of times. God bless Paul Newman for agreeing to lend his Hollywood star power to such a crazy, hilarious and raucous love letter to hockey.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Brian Wilde is recognizing the limitations of the Canadiens even under new coach Claude Julien.

*Bryan Bickell is stepping even closer to a return to the Carolina Hurricanes as he battles through his MS diagnosis.

*Kevin Shattenkirk apparently turned down a sign-and-trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, and also turned down a chance to get dealt to the Edmonton Oilers last summer as well. I think the Blues D-man has a short list of teams he wants to sign with as a free agent, and neither one of those teams is on the list.

*Darren Dreger weighs in on Shattenkirk as well, and the price tag of a top prospect, first-round pick and NHL player for the puck-moving rental D-man seems very excessive.

*Things are coming to a head with Evander Kane and the Buffalo Sabres as he takes his play to a high level in Buff over the last few months.

*Interesting piece on Ed Snider’s daughter becoming an advocate for medicinal marijuana after his father’s health battles.

*For something completely different: Looks like a new season of "The Voice" coming our way.