The Boston Bruins’ top lines came up big tonight to give the team a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG Paints Arena. David Krejci’s line produced two goals, while Brad Marchand added the other.
Eight different Bruins registered a point.
“There’s a lot to like from everybody tonight,” Bruce Cassidy said. “We played a good determined game.
“Our top guys did the finishing tonight and our bottom guys did a lot of the dirty work, the grunt work, the physicality,” Cassidy said.
The victory closed out the regular season series, giving the Bruins a 5-3 record against the Pens.
Tuukka Rask made 25 saves and earned his second assist in two consecutive starts.
The Bruins built momentum from the start with a nice shift from Patrice Bergeron’s line. But an early call against Mike Reilly for holding the stick put the Bs on the penalty kill. The Bs had two kills in the first period. During the PKs, the Bruins allowed the Penguins to get five shots through to Rask.
Bergeron, Marchand and David Pastrnak gave the Bs the best opportunities on Tristan Jarry. They had good puck possession and a couple big shifts. Pastrnak also seemed to have better control on his one-timers and ended the first 20 minutes with four shots on net.
In the period, Bergeron’s line combined for seven of the 14 shots. The Bruins outshot the Penguins 14-11. Each side had chances, but the game was scoreless after the first period. The Penguins had better control on rushes through the neutral zone and completing plays than the Bruins did for the first period. The Bruins picked up turnovers at center ice, but once they got into the offensive zone, they struggled carrying the puck deep and keeping possession.
The second period had a lot of back-and-forth opportunities, with over six minutes of continuous play.
Rask made some big saves on Jeff Carter and Jared McCann, like this one below:
Tuukka Rask with another stop — this time on Jared McCann.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 28, 2021
He's up to 14 saves. pic.twitter.com/5TwJai2OCL
The Bruins got their first power play of the game (and first of the two-game set in Pittsburgh) at 15:41 of the period. The first unit looked good, with Pastrnak sending one-timers at Jarry and Nick Ritchie in the paint. But still, the Bs came up short.
The Bruins opened the scoring at 18:10 of the second period.
On a rush started by Rask, Charlie McAvoy sent the puck to Krejci as he was gaining zone entry. Krejci came down the slot, beat Mike Matheson and moved to his backhand to put the shot underneath Jarry’s glove. 1-0 Bruins.
The Penguins controlled the play in the early minutes of the third period. They used their speed and followed through with offensive plays.
But things started to change shortly after Jeremy Lauzon and Teddy Blueger dropped the gloves, which gave energy to the Bruins.
The Bruins extended their lead at 9:11 of the third period.
Pastrnak picked up the puck in the neutral zone to get it to Marchand who carried it to the left face-off circle for an initial wrist shot on Jarry. Pastrnak followed the play for his own wrister up. Marchand picked up the rebound to pot his 26th goal of the season. 2-0 Bruins.
The Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line cashes in.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 28, 2021
Marchand gives the Bruins a 2-0 lead. pic.twitter.com/G7EPvL6DQI
The Bruins cushioned their score with a beauty of a goal from Taylor Hall at 12:18 of the third period.
After gaining the zone, Krejci dropped a pass to Hall skating into the slot where he let a wrist shot rip top-shelf over Jarry’s blocker. 3-0 Bruins.
Taylor Hall is on the Boston Bruins. What a world. pic.twitter.com/Q1G3pbDVG2— Mike Grinnell (@MikeGrinnell_) April 28, 2021
The Penguins added a tally at 17:39 of the third period. After receiving a long pass from Kris Letang, Carter fired a slap shot from inside the right-wing circle that went top-shelf over Rask’s blocker. 3-1 game.
The Penguins pulled Jarry and had a chance from Jake Guentzel to at least get within one goal, but the Bruins held onto the lead with the final minutes of play.
The Bruins outshot the Penguins 31-26 on the night.
Final score: 3-1 Bruins.
The Bruins return home to face the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday at 7 pm.