Despite rallying behind from a two-goal necessity during Sunday’s matchup opposite a Pittsburgh Penguins, a Bruins were incompetent to secure dual points opposite a fortifying Stanley Cup champions — as Evgeni Malkin scored with 2:09 left in overtime to tighten out a 6-5 detriment for Boston.
Despite a result, a Bruins (23-10-7) extended their indicate strain to 11 true games following Sunday’s game.
Ryan Spooner, Brad Marchand, Noel Acciari, David Pastrnak and David Backes all scored for a Bruins, while Tuukka Rask stopped 29 of a 35 shots that came his way.
It didn’t take prolonged for a Bruins to get on a board, as Spooner illuminated a flare only 1:51 into a initial period.
While Spooner was creatively a doubt symbol entering Sunday’s tilt, a brazen sealed out a clever forechecking change by tipping a indicate shot from Kevan Miller past Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry to open a scoring.
The lead did not final for long, as Jamie Oleksiak kick Rask glove side with a shot from prolonged operation during 3:53 to secure a equalizer.
After Matt Grzelcyk was whistled for division during 10:04, a Bruins found themselves trailing for a initial time in 10 games, as Phil Kessel bloody a puck past Rask on a energy play during 11:04 to make it a 2-1 game.
Kris Letang combined to Pittsburgh’s lead during 13:27, holding a feed from Sidney Crosby off of a faceoff win and banishment it home to make it a 3-1 competition going into a initial intermission.
A tough initial duration for a Bruins was done worse after Patrice Bergeron exited a diversion in a final notation of play after holding a puck to a knee off a shot from Letang.
Thankfully, Bergeron returned to a ice during a start of a second duration and played a vital purpose in Boston’s second idea of a evening.
After a win on a pull in a Penguins’ zone, Bergeron fed a puck to Marchand, who rifled home his 17th idea of a deteriorate during 7:18 in a center stanza. Just a notation later, Boston cumulative a restraining idea — with Acciari deflecting a shot from Brandon Carlo that sailed past Jarry to tangle things adult during 3-3.
Boston regained a lead during 12:14 in a second off of a good particular bid from Pastrnak. After violence Letang to a puck, Pastrnak skated behind a Penguins’ net before violence Jarry brief side on a wraparound wrister for his second idea in as many games.
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David Backes combined to Boston’s lead off his eighth idea of a deteriorate during 17:08 in a second, though a Penguins answered behind with 4 seconds to go in a duration off of a power-play total from Malkin.
Riley Sheahan kick Rask off a tough angle during 2:54 in a third, forcing both teams to go to overtime.
Before Malkin’s game-winning score, Marchand had a possibility to give Boston a lead with 1:01 to go in law off of a chastisement shot, though Pens goalie Matt Murray — brought in after Backes’ total — corralled a shot to force a additional period.
The Bruins will have a bit of a mangle going forward, with a Black and Gold’s subsequent compare adult set for Saturday, Jan. 13 opposite a Montreal Canadiens on a road.