BOSTON – Skating hard down his left wing, Boston’s Brad Marchand wound up for a wrist shot that hit the post as it sailed past Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry, but then ricocheted off his back, and trickled past his extended glove hand for the game-winning goal at a packed TD Garden tonight.
Marchand’s winner made it (5-4) Boston with 1:57 remaining but the Bruins sealed the win with a Patrice Bergeron empty-net goal off a pretty feed by David Krejci (and assist by Marchand, too) for a (6-4) final score.
Pittsburgh scored four unanswered goals in a second period onslaught of Boston who extended their lead to (3-0) on forward David Pastrnak‘s 14th goal of the season which opened up the middle period scoring at the 4:22 mark.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan yanked starting goaltender Matt Murray and replaced him with Tristan Jarry 2:02 into the second.
Trailing by three, the Penguins turned it on with goals by Dominik Kahun (5:35), his third of the season; Nick Bjugstad (9:56), his first of the year; Bryan Rust (15:59), his second of the season; and defenseman John Marino (19:57), his first coming immediately after his tripping penalty (17:50) had expired.
The Penguins outshot the Bruins 21-7 in the second period.
Boston defenseman Torey Krug knotted the game at 4-all with a blistering one-time snapshot past Jarry at the 8:14 mark of the final period. Krug’s goal came after a persistent Boston effort to keep the puck in the zone. Assists on the goal were credited to Brad Marchand (his 17th) and David Krejci (his third).
Boston had outplayed Pittsburgh in the opening stanza, tallying twice and outshooting the Penguins 10-9. Bruins left-winger Jake DeBrusk scored first, an unassisted and even-strength goal at the 5:24 mark. It was DeBrusk’s third goal of the season. Later in the opening period, Bruins first-line left wing Brad Marchand scored his ninth goal of the season.
With the loss, Pittsburgh is now (5-2-0) this season when they entered the third period with a lead. The Bruins are (1-0-1) when they trail after two. The Bruins have not lost a game when they’ve staked a three-goal lead since dropping a (5-3) contest to the NY Rangers on April 4, 2011.
NOTES: Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy took a nasty, high-speed fall into the goal post late in the third period. He headed to the Bruins dressing room under his own power after being down on the ice for a while. … Boston’s Brad Marchand extended his assists streak to 12 games and his point streak to 13 games, both career bests. … B’s David Pastrnak tied his career-best point streak of a dozen games (previously set November 22-December 18, 2017). … The Bruins have sold-out 447 straight regular-season and playoff games, dating back to December 5, 2009 (vs Ottawa).