STATELINE, Nev. – After going through the handshake line following a lopsided win, the Boston Bruins all gathered at center ice for one last team photo.
It truly was a picture-perfect day for the Bruins at Lake Tahoe.
David Pastrnak had three goals and Boston took control by scoring three times in a span of 1:39 during the second period to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3 on Sunday in a scenic outdoor game.
“It was beautiful,” Pastrnak said. “I think personally playing in both conditions, the sun and the dark was great. The dark is beautiful, too. You get to play outside. Overall it was an unbelievable experience.”
After a delay-filled opening game of the weekend between Colorado and Vegas because of bright sun that made for poor ice conditions, the game Sunday went off with fewer hitches. The Bruins' high level of play matched the picturesque setting with the lake and snow-covered mountains in the background.
Pastrnak scored in the opening minute of the first two periods and then again late in the third to give him his second hat trick in three games against the Flyers this season. Charlie Coyle, Trent Frederic and Nick Ritchie scored in succession late in the second to give Boston five wins in five games this year against Philadelphia.
Charlie McAvoy also scored and Tuukka Rask made 16 saves for Boston.
“Hats off to the NHL and everyone who made this happen. It was really special," said defenseman John Moore, who had two assists. "I've played in some outdoor events and this one blows those out of the water.”