Bruins fall 2-1 to Penguins
Final Score: Boston Bruins 1, Pittsburgh Penguins 2
In a battle with the conference’s top teams, Pittsburgh gained the early lead on Boston.
The Bruins (19-5-3) fell to the Penguins (22-8-0) for the second time in six days, in a 2-1 loss on Sunday afternoon at the Consol Energy Center. The Bruins have now lost two of their three games against the Penguins this season and they will meet again on April 19 in Boston.
The Penguins now have sole possession of the top spot in the Eastern Conference with 44 points and extended their winning streak to nine games.
Tyler Seguin scored for the B’s and Tuukka Rask made 16 saves.
- The loss came with a big injury scare as David Krejci was hit by a Johnny Boychuk slap-shot with five minutes left in the game. Krejci jumped in front of the Penguins’ net to try to avoid the puck, but he jumped right into it getting hit in the right knee. Krejci stayed down on the ice and was helped off the ice. He did not return to the game. Krejci is tied for the team lead in points with 24 (7 goals and 17 assists), and if the Bruins lose him for an extended amount of time, it would be a huge loss.
- The Bruins fired a total 65 shots Tomas Vokoun’s way, but only 31 made it to the net. The Penguins fired substantially fewer times on Rask, connecting on only 16 of their 40 tries.
- The Pens only had one power-play all game and the B’s shut them down, continuing to lead the league with a 93.1 penalty-kill percentage. The B’s had two power-plays of their own, but had nothing to show for them.
Players of the Game:
- Tyler Seguin scored his 10th goal of the season when a shot from the point deflected off teammate Patrice Bergeron’s skate and trickled right to him. Seguin had no trouble one-timing a shot past Vokoun. While he got off to a slow start, scoring just three goals in his first 17 games throughout January and February, Seguin has scored seven goals in 10 games in the month of March.
- Sidney Crosby, the league’s leading scorer, put the Pens on the board at 12:06 of the first when he sniped in a short-range wrister from the slot. It was his 13th goal of the season.
- Chris Kunitz assisted Crosby’s goal. He has points in six of his last seven homes games. He also has 10 points in 13 career games against the Bruins.
Quote of the Game:
“Thought we had a chance to win,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “We spent more time in their end and we did all the things right except we couldn’t get that goal. There was a couple of times where the goalie was out and we shot a puck and it looked like it was going, it hits a skate and goes wide and you get those games, you get those nights.”
The Bruins will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Winnipeg to face off against the Jets (15-12-2) at the MTS Centre. The puck will drop at 8:00 p.m. This is the last of three games the two teams will meet this season. Boston defeated Winnipeg in its first two meetings winning 2-1 on Jan. 21 in a shootout and 3-2 on Feb. 17.