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Penguins Can’t Overcome 2 Early Goals, Lose to Bruins 2-1

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Pittsburgh Penguins Game, Lose to Boston Bruins 2-1

The Pittsburgh Penguins could not find space or a second goal. After giving up two goals in the first 2:01 of the game, the Penguins played the Boston Bruins to a near draw, but those early goals were the difference, no matter how well Sidney Crosby played. The Bruins beat the Penguins 2-1 Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.

The Washington Capitals play later Saturday night and can close to within three points and again control the battle for third place in the Metro Division.

In his first start in place of the injured Tristan Jarry, Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith did not get off to a good start. He served a couple of juicy rebounds, which Boston put in the back of the Penguins net in the first two minutes of the game.

Jarry is out week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

Just 49 seconds into the game, Trent Frederic outworked Penguins defenseman John Marino near the net front. DeSmith deflected Craig Smith’s shot into the slot, and Frederic (6) swatted it into a wide-open net.

The Boston Bruins claimed the 2-0 lead on a similar play one minute later. DeSmith bounced Erik Haula’s shot to the circle, and Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson didn’t tie up Taylor Hall in front. The puck went off Pettersson’s skate and Haula (15) got the goal.

In the first period, the Penguins managed just six shots, four by the top line from Sidney Crosby (2) and Rickard Rakell (2). The fourth line had the other two shots (Evan Rodrigues, Kasperi Kapanen).

The middle-six did not have a shot on goal in the first period, and only Bryan Rust attempted a shot.

Five minutes into the second period, Danton Heinen remedied that situation. On a two-on-two rush, Heinen (17) slipped behind Teddy Blueger and beat goalie Jeremy Swayman from the slot. Heinen set a new career-high for goals in a season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins power play missed a golden chance midway through the second period. They had two back-to-back advantages in a 4:11 space but could not score.

After 40 minutes, the Crosby line had nine of the Penguins’ 15 shots. Rakell led all players with four.

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang played over 25 minutes but had only one shot on goal in the extremely tight-checking game. Neither team had much offense after the Bruins early goals. After 50 minutes, the Bruins had only nine scoring chances.

DeSmith stopped 27 of 29 shots. Jeremy Swayman kept 22 of 23 shots out of the net.

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Dan N
Dan N
1 month ago

Just curious..why was Jeff Carter given a 2 year extension? Puzzler also doesn’t it seem Casey DeMith always plays just well enough to lose…Check out his win loss record as we all know that’s what matters

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan N

This is what the playoffs will look like Pens have one line that is a threat beyond that mostly ham and eggers no real young physical players that can change a games momentum beyond that they had a fairly good season but the problems still exists so buckle up the window is closing.

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
29 days ago
Reply to  Chase Cranson

I agree 100%

RYAN
RYAN
29 days ago
Reply to  Dan N

A theory? They are lining up centers to ride out Crosby’s contract (almost) and then they can retool in the other areas first? Maybe?

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
29 days ago
Reply to  Dan N

He seemed to be such a force noticed and scoring goals a lot before he was given a new contract.

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
29 days ago
Reply to  Dan N

He doesn’t seem to fair well in shootouts like HRry does.

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
29 days ago
Reply to  A. Lifeson

Jarry

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
29 days ago
Reply to  Dan N

He looked good and stood out and deserved an extension but now? I think some politics were put into play here with the GM.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

This team is in a good place right now. Because there are no postseason expectations for a change, they can feed off an us-versus-the-world mentality. Probably will slide to fourth, in which case there’s a good chance they’ll open against the Hurricanes, who are an easier draw than the Rangers in round one. Plus, Jarry won’t be available to soil the bed. Look for Dominique to be a pleasant surprise in the postseason . . . and next season?

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul
Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

I have to imagine that you are a reasonable person, but you have an ongoing fued with some guy named Paul in your office. You use his name and picture here to write totally inane drivel just to embarrass the real Paul. If that it your goal it is working, because I also hate him now. I agree that “Paul” is an asshat.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mike Donnelly
Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
29 days ago
Reply to  Paul

They used to budget for getting in the second round my question what impact will the new ownership have if they get bounced first round and might be the road team I agree about the Hurricanes but does it really matter?

RYAN
RYAN
29 days ago
Reply to  Chase Cranson

Fenway sports group ain’t the Rooneys or nuttings…or even Mario (who made a good haul)…

They actually are businessmen who do smart things around their stadiums and act like billionaires

They’re in good hands

Logan
Logan
1 month ago

Let’s give Dominique a chance to see what we have in him.

Last edited 1 month ago by Logan Krienke
Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
29 days ago
Reply to  Logan

Yes sir

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A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
29 days ago

Let’s look at the bright side. We’ve been spoiled through the years having a champion caliber team and now they’ve become just competitive that keeps our interest and it could be a lot worse like some of these other teams who don’t seem to ever have a chance to win a cup or make the playoffs.Like I’ve said it’s time for changes and getting some game changers or good two way players here who are hungry for a cup unlike a lot of the Pens here now who already had a taste of it. I think Crosby Guentzel and keeping… Read more »

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