Armed with a one-timer howitzer, a deceptive wrist shot and an assortment of feints and swings stocked in his offensive zone arsenal, Bruins winger David Pastrnak has already drawn numerous comparisons to some of the top scorers in NHL history.
But how about a legendary Red Sox pitcher?
Bruins bench boss Jim Montgomery drew parallels between Boston’s leading scorer and a former Sox ace after Boston’s 3-2 win over the Predators on Saturday — a game where Pastrnak lit the lamp with a shot illusory penalty.
“I liked it. Right in the top corner,” Montgomery said after the match. “He disguised it, he looked a bit like Luis Tiant, didn’t he? He brought it behind him .
Tiant, who pitched for the Red Sox from 1971 to 1978, regularly confused hitters with his unique windup — the right-hander twisting his body until his back was entirely facing home plate in order to conceal his next pitch.
Similar to Tiant’s ability to keep the hitter guessing, Pastrnak managed to shield his target from Predators goalie Juuse Saros before finding twine in the top corner.
Montgomery’s postgame comments caught the attention of Tiant, who praised Pastrnak’s goal on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
“I love it! Many pitchers have been compared to me over the years, but never hockey this good,” Tiant posted.
Speaking after the Bruins’ win over Nashville, Pastrnak acknowledged that the inspiration for his series of moves against Saros was actually rooted in another sport popular in his native Czech Republic.
“It’s a funny story. I don’t know if you know the sport of floorball,” Pastrnak said after the match. “Foosball is an important sport in Europe. I promised my boyfriend I would go train with them. I went and, honestly, I was horrible. They all shoot like that.
“I tried to do it there and I was really bad, so I tried it on the ice and I was way better on the ice than I was in floorball practice.”
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