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Penguins Report Card: D Breakdown, Marchand ‘Trick, Pens Lose 7-5 | PHN+



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The Pittsburgh Penguins’ five-game winning streak came to a halt as Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand netted a hat trick and the Penguins defensemen had a forgettable day complete with a bevy of mistakes as the teams combined for 12 goals and Boston beat the Penguins 7-5 on Saturday at TD Garden.

Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith stopped 21 of 27 shots for his first loss since March 16, which was also against Boston.

In the first period, the Penguins again played with the puck and didn’t give Boston their turn. Despite assumptions that Boston would be hot in the first 10 minutes, the Penguins resumed their smothering defense and low-zone pressure.

In the middle of the first period, the Penguins earned the lead. You know things are going your way when the fourth-line center, who hasn’t scored against a goalie since opening night, scored the first goal. Mark Jankowski (3) won the faceoff and went to the net, where he deflected Mike Matheson’s shot.

Matheson earned his 100th NHL point, too.

The Penguins outshot Boston 9-6 in the opening 20 and allowed a total of 8 first-period shots in two games.

However, all hell broke loose in the second period. The teams combined for seven goals but the Bruins scored five of those. It was the first time in 16 games the Penguins allowed more than three goals in a game.

“In the second period, just the attention to detail,” Jake Guentzel said. “We’ve got to be better.”

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