The Boston Bruins winning streak is now up to four games after a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday afternoon.
Bruce Cassidy preached the importance getting off to a fast start against the Penguins and that is exactly what he got from his team. The Bruins were all over the Penguins from opening draw. They drew a penalty on the opening shift, outshot Pittsburgh 14-4 and scored the only two goals of the first period.
David Krejci opened the scoring at 6:13 by cashing in a Penguins miscue. Peter Cehlarik picked off an ill-advised pass by Jake Guentzel in the middle of the ice and got the puck over to Jake DeBrusk in the left circle. DeBrusk quickly found an open Krejci at the bottom of the right circle where he buried a one-timer past Matt Murray for his second goal of the season.
Sean Kuraly’s third goal of year doubled the Bruins lead at 10:51. Charlie McAvoy skated the puck around the back of the net and then found Kuraly at the right circle for the blast into the back of the Penguins net.
Guentzel made up for his first period mistake with a power play goal at 1:02 of the second period to get the Penguins on the board. Guentzel was stationed at the bottom of the right circle where he finished off a nice passing by with Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang and fired a wrist shot over a diving Anton Khudobin.
Matt Grzelcyk gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead with his first career NHL goal at 10:31 of the second period. Krejci whiffed on a slap shot from top of the right circle, but the puck went right to Grzelcyk at the left dot where he beat Murray to the far post. DeBrusk was credited with the secondary assist on the play.
The Penguins began their comeback with Phil Kessel’s ninth goal of the year about three and a half minutes later. The former Bruin was left wide open at the right dot after a failed clearing attempt and beat Khudobin to the short side with a wrist shot.
Penguins tied the game with a controversial with just over two minutes remaining in the middle frame. During a scrum in front of the net, the puck landed on Khudobin’s chest where Sidney Crosby swiped it into the goal. However, the goal was waved off as the whistle was blown once the officials lost sight of the puck.
The “intent to blow” rule appears to have been forgotten because after a lengthy review, the Crosby goal was put back on the board much to the surprise of everyone. Cassidy then challenged the play for goaltender interference, but the goal was upheld after a second review.
David Pastrnak gave the Bruins a 4-3 lead five minutes into the third period. Ryan Spooner blocked Kris Letang’s shot from the point and Riley Nash sprung Pastrnak on a breakaway with a nice stretch pass from the slot. Once in the zone, Pastrnak beat Murray to the glove hand with a forehand shot for his 11th goal of the season.
The Bruins defense did a great job in limiting the Penguins to just 20 shots on goal. Khudobin made 17 saves to improve his record to 7-0-2. The Bruins will be back in action on Sunday afternoon when they host the Edmonton Oilers.