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A few thoughts ’n’ shots following the Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Senators Tuesday night in Ottawa, where David Pastrnak potted a pair, pulling him into the league lead with Toronto’s Auston Matthews with 10 goals only three weeks into the NHL season.

■   According to coach Bruce Cassidy, the Bruins will summon a defenseman from AHL Providence prior to facing the Flyers Thursday night at the Garden. When asked for candidates, Cassidy first named 28-year-old Cody Goloubef, a righthanded stick with 129 games of NHL experience.

Goloubef, ex- of the University of Wisconsin, signed with the Bruins in July as a free agent. His line in five games with Providence: 1-1—2.


The Bruins lost yet another defenseman Tuesday when rookie Urho Vaakanainen was decked by a dirty hit to the head by Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki early in the first period. Felled and dazed by the flying elbow, Vaakanainen returned to the bench to have a couple of facial lacerations repaired, but called it quits after a total of eight shifts and 5:46 of ice time. He was concussed and won’t be eligible to return until next week at the earliest.

“We’ll see who’s the best fit for us, who’s playing well down there,” said Cassidy. “Goloubef’s the veteran guy there, so he comes to mind, and he’s a right shot so that would balance out the lefts and rights.”

Cassidy also named Chris Breen, Jakub Zboril, and Jeremy Lauzon as candidates.

“Their job will be to come up, probably play 12-15 minutes on Thursday,” mused Cassidy, “and do a good job.”

None of the four candidates named by Cassidy has ever worn the varsity B.

■   OK, let’s do the math. If Pastrnak keeps up the beat, and plays the full 82 games, he’ll score . . . wait for it . . . 91 goals. So, remember, small sample size.


But it has been an impressive start by the fifth-year Czech sharpshooter. He needed until Nov. 10 last season to knock home No. 10, and appeared to be breezing his way to 50 goals. Bouts of inconsistency in the thick of the season held him to a career-high 35.

“Maybe I shoot more, getting more shots per game,” said Pastrnak. “I don’t really focus on it through the game, but when I look at it after the game, I have more shots than I used to last year. I just play and I am going to keep going and getting better.”

As of Wednesday morning, Pastrnak stood tied for sixth with Buffalo’s Jack Eichel and San Jose’s Evander Kane with 38 shots on net, 10 off the leading pace set by the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane.

“He’s shot-ready, he’s got a great shot,” noted Cassidy. “And we’ve asked him to be selfish if that’s what you’ve got to do — finish on that line, be the shooter. So far he has been.”

Your bell bottoms and mutton-chop sideburns are showing if you remember that Phil Esposito was the last Bruin to finish the season as the league’s No. 1 goal scorer.

Espo, in fact, wore the goal-scoring crown for six consecutive seasons:

1969-70: 43 goals

1970-71: 76 goals

1971-72: 66 goals

1972-73: 55 goals

1973-74: 68 goals

1974-75: 61 goals

Oh, yeah, and Wayne Gretzky once scored 92 goals, which stands as the league record, and likely will in perpetuity.


■   Tuukka Rask, his game a bit unkempt on the trip opener in Calgary, looked more like prime time Tuukka with his 38-save effort. He allowed a few rebounds in the early going, but appeared to gain confidence through the second and third. It helped, too, that the Bruins moved ahead, 2-1, only 1:18 after Thomas Chabot knocked home the 1-1 equalizer late in the second.

“I thought he was real good,” said Cassidy. “He tracked pucks. His rebound control was good. There was a lot of stuff coming at him. When you are killing five penalties, that’s taxing. So I thought he did a real good job, and I am happy for him. He needed a good solid win, he got it, and hopefully he builds off it.”

It’s possible Cassidy comes back with Rask vs. the Flyers, which would leave Jaroslav Halak to face Montreal Saturday. Halak is an ex-Canadien and Rask’s history against Les Glorieux is, shall we say, comme ci comme ca.

Rask said he “fixed” a couple of things from his last outing, a loss in Calgary, and that he had some flow to his game. A couple of times vs. the Flames, he said, he felt “stuck out there.”

“I made a couple of saves there, a couple of two-on-ones,” he said, “but it’s kind of like you are stuck on your feet, you are not moving . . . backing up . . . and it’s easier to push when you are moving. So I tried to pay attention to that and not get flat-footed.”


■   The Bruins scored nine goals across their four-city tour, and eight of those were from core offensive performers Patrice Bergeron (2), Brad Marchand (1), David Krejci (2), and Pastrnak (3).

Goals by all other Bruins: Joakim Nordstrom (1).

Cassidy is hoping that his latest No. 2 line configuration of Danton Heinen-Krejci-Jake DeBrusk starts to get on the scoresheet with some regularity. Particularly DeBrusk, who is 2-0—2 through nine games after his 16-27—43 rookie year. DeBrusk showed some moxie in the postseason that he has yet to summon again.

“He’s getting chances off the rush,” said Cassidy. “We just want him to get a few more inside, rebounds and second chances. That’s where some of our guys haven’t had as many.”

Read: Time for a bunch of kids — including Heinen, Anders Bjork, Ryan Donato, and DeBrusk — to add some sandpaper to their games and get to the net.

■   Bergeron went a metronomic 16 for 24 at the dot vs. Ottawa, leaving him second overall in faceoff wins (124), behind only Carolina’s Jordan Staal (129). He has won 59.3 percent of his drops, third behind the Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly (61.9) and Staal (59.7).

Nordstrom, now anchoring the third line, is trying to learn the nuances of the dot. He lost all but one of his six drops. Cassidy sometimes opted to have linemate Chris Wagner take them instead, and he won six of seven.


■   Brandon Carlo twice used his stick, which is slightly longer than the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, to stop bleeding pucks from inching over the goal line.

“I’ll be taking him to dinner, for sure,” said a smiling Rask, who saw Carlo first knock aside a Bobby Ryan attempt that Colin White was ready to nudge over the line at 5:21 of the first period.

“Yeah, baseball kicked in from when I was 12 years old, I think,” said a smiling Carlo, who has moved up to his old No. 1 pairing with Zdeno Chara now that Charlie McAvoy is sidelined. “Got lucky there on a couple of them, just found myself in the right position.”

“He was unbelievable with his stick,” said Cassidy. “Great job. A real good bounce-back game for him. He had a little boo-boo in Vancouver and it didn’t affect him at all.”

■   Midway through the second period, Chara put on a puck-control tour de force in Ottawa’s end, circling the entire zone with the biscuit at the end of his blade. Not a single Senator could poke it away from the Trencin Tower of Power.

In the 98.5 radio booth, Judd Sirott bellowed, “How old is he?!”

Big Z, puck wizard, will be 42 on March 18. He’ll suit up for NHL game No. 1,592 — regular season and playoffs — Thursday night at the Garden.

■   The Bruins still haven’t provided substantive updates on their growing pack of injured: particularly David Backes, Kevan Miller, and McAvoy. Torey Krug will skate with the club during Thursday’s day-of-game skate but likely is 7-10 days from game action.

■   In the three losses on the trip, the Bruins led for only 2:07 total, while playing in arrears for 102:24. They turned that around in Ottawa, leading for a combined 47:25 and never worse than even . . . The Bruins have suited up eight defensemen, with a combined offensive line of 2-15—17. Toronto blue liner Morgan Rielly as of Wednesday morning stood 4-10—14, 1 point better than all seven Montreal blue liners (2-11—13).

Kevin Paul Dupont can be reached at kevin.dupont@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeKPD.