The Bruins nailed down their third consecutive victory on a Craig Smith time beyond regulation purpose with 10.9 seconds left within the additional session that gave the B’s a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on the Backyard.
However the evening did have its regarding moments.
Jake DeBrusk was misplaced within the first interval with what was termed a decrease physique harm by coach Bruce Cassidy, who had no additional replace after the sport. And within the third interval, it appeared as if they could lose their standout goalie Tuukka Rask after he was seen grabbing his proper hip following a Jason Zucker purpose that minimize the B’s two-goal lead in half.
Rask received up very slowly and finally was in a position to shake it off and keep within the sport. And although he gave up the equalizer to Kasperi Kapanen with 3:16 left in regulation, he was as soon as once more terrific in OT.
Rask (28 saves) very nicely could gotten a bit of Evgeni Malkin’s clear breakaway try that hit the crossbar. Then the Pens took benefit of a Bruin miscue excessive within the Pittsburgh zone to interrupt out on a 3-on-0, however Rask was in a position to get his stick on Malkin’s cross try and Kris Letang, thwarting the glittering likelihood.
“Our gamers went over and requested him (if he was OK after the Zucker purpose),” mentioned Cassidy. “We’d have referred to as a timeout if want be, or changed him if we actually needed to. However he mentioned he was OK. He clearly seemed good in time beyond regulation. Nice play with the poke test on the 3-on-0. Good for him. I assumed he battled laborious tonight. He was glorious.”
Rask was not one of many gamers introduced in for the Zoom press convention after the sport.
Although the B’s tongues had been wagging by the tip of the sport, they received off to a superb begin.
Connor Clifton took the primary of a whopping six minors for the B’s within the first interval, however the B’s made it work of their favor.
Sidney Crosby’s cross via the impartial zone went off Jared McCann’s stick and went proper to Charlie McAvoy, who one-timed it again up the ice to Brad Marchand for one of many Bruins’ patented shorthanded rushes on his off wing. He picked up Patrice Bergeron because the trailer however, as a substitute of passing, Marchand minimize to the center of the ice and beat goalie Tristan Jarry with a tough wrister from the center of the slot at 7:41.
The shorty put Marchand’s franchise document at 28 man-down objectives for his profession .
The Penguins received their third straight energy play early within the third when Bergeron was referred to as for a stick foul. They B’s killed it off once more and had been absolutely questioning once they had been going to get their name, particularly after Jake Guentzel received away with taking a reasonably straight-line run at Rask within the first interval.
Properly, they didn’t have to attend to get theirs — and so they received two calls in a matter of 36 seconds. First Chad Ruhwedel went off (one more penalty drawn by Trent Frederic), adopted by Brandon Tanev, giving the B’s a 5-on-3 for 1:24. They took benefit of it to double the lead at 8:58. Working down low on the precise facet, Marchand zipped an ideal cross to the purpose mouth for Nick Ritchie, who had parked himself in entrance for the tap-in to make it 2-0.
However because the penalties mounted, the Pens began to spend increasingly time within the B’s zone and the B’s seemed gassed at occasions late within the second and into the third.
“I don’t know. It appeared like each time they went down, we had been within the field,” mentioned Cassidy. “We now have to have a look at it nearer. It’s not how we play, usually. So somewhat uncommon for us to should kill that many minor penalties. I don’t know if that’s the veteran Pittsburgh impact on the officers or they had been all good calls. Who is aware of? You kill six penalties, you’re down a physique up entrance, they’ve an actual good power-play, you then combine in a single or two shifts the place you’re caught in your finish and that’s the place the fatigue got here in.”
First Zucker scored seconds after Ritchie received out of the field halfway via the third after which Kapanen, who was stopped by Rask on a partial breakaway a couple of minutes earlier, swooped in off the precise wing to tuck the equalizer beneath Rask’s proper pad.
However all’s nicely that ends nicely.
After the B’s survived a few near-disasters in OT, Smith picked a puck out of impartial zone scrum and took off on a 2-on-1 with David Krejci. He dished it to Krejci earlier than getting the return cross and burying the winner previous Jarry.