Czech it out: Pastrnak, Zacha, Krejci help Bruins top Flyers

Jan 15, 2023, 10:54 PM | Updated: Jan 16, 2023, 3:00 pm
Philadelphia Flyers center Zack MacEwen skates away as Boston Bruins players congratulate Pavel Zac...

Philadelphia Flyers center Zack MacEwen skates away as Boston Bruins players congratulate Pavel Zacha (18) after he scored a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

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              Philadelphia Flyers center Zack MacEwen skates away as Boston Bruins players congratulate Pavel Zacha (18) after he scored a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
            
              Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand controls the puck ahead of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
            
              Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak celebrates with teammate Pavel Zacha (18) after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
            
              Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery, top center, looks on from the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
            
              Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman (1) makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
            
              Philadelphia Flyers right wing Travis Konecny (11) and Bruins left wing Nick Foligno (17) fight along the boards during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
            
              Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak, center, is congratulated by teammates Derek Forbort (28), Pavel Zacha (18), and David Krejci after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
            
              Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman (1) makes a save as Philadelphia Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk (25) looks for a deflection during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
            
              Boston Bruins defenseman Derek Forbort controls the puck ahead of a diving effort from Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wade Allison as Bruins' Taylor Hall (71) looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
            
              Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46), playing in his 1000th game for the Bruins, stretches on the ice during warmups before the start of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
            
              Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak scores past Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart and center Kevin Hayes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

BOSTON (AP) — Bruins forward David Krejci is getting a taste of his homeland right here in Boston.

The native of Czechia played in his 1,000th NHL game on Monday and assisted on three goals — all by countrymen Pavel Zacha and David Pastrnak — to help the Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-0.

“He’s a legend back home,” Zacha said. “Everyone knows who he is. And now, with the thousandth game here for one team, I think he became a legend here, too, which is nice.”

Pastrnak and Zacha scored two goals apiece and Jeremy Swayman earned his first shutout of the season to help the NHL-best Bruins win for the sixth time in seven games.

Bruins coach Jim Montgomery met Krejci’s parents after the game and told them they had raised a great hockey player and person. Inside the dressing room, their son was drenched with water in a celebration that left puddles around his locker.

“He is like my big brother,” Pastrnak said. “I was idolizing him as a as a kid. I came into the league, young and learning from him every day. And now he is one of my closest friends. So I’m very happy for him.”

Krejci, who interrupted his 16-year Boston career by playing in Czechia last season, returned this year and became just the seventh Bruin to appear in 1,000 NHL games. Only Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Wayne Cashman did it while playing their entire NHL careers in Boston.

Montgomery at first said “the only reason we’re an elite team in the league is because he came here,” then corrected himself to say it was “a huge factor.”

“It gives us the opportunity to have great depth,” he said.

Pastrnak scored the first goal in the first period and added another during a 4-on-3 power play to start the third to help Boston improve to 21-1-3 at home this season.

Carter Hart stopped 14 shots before he was replaced midway through the second period by Samuel Ersson, who made nine saves the rest of the way. The Flyers lost for just the second time in nine games.

ON THE BOARD

Pastrnak opened the scoring five minutes in when he forced a turnover in the Philadelphia zone and headed for the crease, where he deflected a pass from Zacha into the net. With five minutes left in the period, Zacha put his entire body into a slapshot that made it 2-0 and knocked him from his skates.

Brad Marchand backhanded in a rebound four minutes into the second to give Boston a 3-0 lead. Less than a minute later, Zacha’s crossing pass was deflected into the net. Pastrnak made it 5-0 with a one-kneed, one-timer early in the third and then Matt Grzelcyk gave Boston a 6-0 lead with 12 minutes left.

KREJCI 1,000

Krejci received a standing ovation – and the traditional stick-taps from both teams – when the public address system announced after his first shift that he had played in his 1,000th NHL game.

Drafted by Boston in 2004, Krejci spent his first 15 years of his pro career with the Bruins before leaving last season to play in his native Czechia. He is the third player on the roster to reach the 1,000-game milestone, joining Bergeron and Nick Foligno.

The team said it would honor Krejci before the game against Ottawa on Feb. 20.

UP NEXT

Flyers: Host Anaheim on Tuesday night.

Bruins: At Islanders on Wednesday.

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Czech it out: Pastrnak, Zacha, Krejci help Bruins top Flyers