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Pittsburgh Penguins Game vs. Boston Bruins

The Pittsburgh Penguins (32-14-3) shut down and shut out the Boston Bruins (27-14-6) on Sunday afternoon in a dominant 1-0 win at PPG Paints Arena. Head coach Mike Sullivan called the win a “blueprint,” as the Penguins owned the scoring chance tally and kept Boston away from goalie Tristan Jarry.

They reduced their magic points number to clinch a playoff spot to just four points. The rematch is Tuesday, 7 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena. Steel cage not required.

“That’s the type of game in my mind that I think is really a good blueprint for us moving forward,” head coach Mike Sullivan said. “And it does give us a real tangible reference point when we’re having conversations with our players from here on out.”

The Penguins have won four in a row and are a 100% lock to make the playoffs, according to MoneyPuck.com, but the pecking order on paper and mentally began Sunday.

The Penguins balanced their record against Boston, 3-3-1, and could win the season series with another win. They can also clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday with a win and a New York Rangers loss.

The Penguins lead Boston by seven points in the East Division and are currently in first place, just one point ahead of Washington Capitals, though Washington has played one fewer game.

Sullivan said Tristan Jarry, who has allowed just one goal over his last two games, will make his second straight start.

Tuuka Rask will start for Boston.

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines and Special Teams
LWCRW
Jake GuentzelJeff CarterDanton Heinen
Jason Zucker Evan RodriguesKasperi Kapanen
Zach Aston-ReeseTeddy BluegerBrock McGinn
Drew O'ConnorBrian BoyleDominik Simon
LDRD
Brian DumoulinKris Letang
Marcus PetterssonJohn Marino
Mike MathesonChad Ruhwedel
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronDavid Pastrnak
Taylor HallDavid KrejciCraig Smith
Nick Ritchie Sean KuralyCharlie Coyle
Trent FredericCurtis LazarChris Wagner
Matt GrzelczykCharlie McAvoy
Mike ReillyKevan Miller
Jeremy LauzonSteve Kampher
TEAMPower PlayPenalty Kill
Pittsburgh Penguins16.7%, (2-12) 19h NHL90%, (1-9) 8th NHL
Dallas Stars10% (1-10) 25th NHL80%, (2-10) 12th NHL
What to Watch

The Penguins used their speed to great advantage on Sunday. The Penguins also had a full commitment to defense, especially low in the defensive zone. Boston did not have a shot on goal within five feet of Jarry, which also means no rebound chances.

The Penguins game was complete and thorough. Can they do it again?

“We created offense from playing hard defense,” Marcus Pettersson said on Tuesday morning. Will

Boston will have a response. Head coach Bruce Cassidy is no dummy. Expect Boston to crash the net and exert their superior physicality on the Penguins. If the Penguins want to crash and defend, Boston will make them pay the price.

Expect the battle of wills. Can the Penguins speed escape a second time and make the Bruins chase again?

The Penguins coaches also had a couple of chalkboard wrinkles. The Penguins deployed two-zone passes out of their own zone to stretch Boston and create space. But you also noticed Sidney Crosby and Jeff Carter, especially lugging the puck with speed out of the defensive zone. Because the Penguins had the advantage, as Boston adjusted, so did the Penguins, and they were always one step ahead.

Doing that a second time ain’t so easy, but it’s not impossible.

Pittsburgh Penguins Game Notes

Position, Player (Consecutive Games Missed, Total Games Missed)

Evgeni Malkin (20 consecutive, 20 total)
Brandon Tanev (10 consecutive, 16 total)
Frederick Gaudreau (6 consecutive, 6 total)
2020-21 Total Regular-Season Man-Games Lost: 249

*The Penguins have won eight of their last nine games (8-1-0) against the Bruins at home dating back to Dec. 14, 2016.

*The Penguins have earned points in 16 of their last 19 games overall (14-3-2).

*A win tonight could give the Penguins their third five-game winning streak of the season. Colorado, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, and Vegas are the only other NHL teams with three winning streaks of five or more games.

*The Penguins are the first team in the league with 20 home wins.

*Kris Letang leads all Pittsburgh defensemen in scoring in April with 12 points (1G-11A) in 13 games. Since the beginning of April, no team has more point production from their defenseman than the Penguins (46).

*Bryan Rust is two goals shy of his 100th career tally.

*The Penguins’ 52 goals and 4.00 goals-per-game in April are most in the NHL.

How to Watch, 7 p.m.:

TV: AT&T SportsNet; Radio: 105.9 The X

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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William Stone
William Stone
5 months ago

When Malkin and Tanev come back, would you put McCann with Malkin and Kapanen and have Rodrigues play with Zucker and Carter, or keep the current 2nd line together and figure something else out for Malkin’s LW?

Katz
Katz
5 months ago
Reply to  William Stone

When Malkin comes back unless Sullivan go against his history and keeps the working going, then things can go South .

Chase Ranson
Chase Ranson
5 months ago

Who knows Malkin is a turnover machine trade him over the next year

Katz
Katz
5 months ago

Cassidy put Trent Frederick in on 4th line. I look for him to start scrums in front of Jarry and irritate a Dman or two. Cassidy obviously wants to crash Pgh’s net and play a physical game tonight. We will see if speed and skill can win and if Pgh can stay disciplined and get a couple PP’s

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