Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese scored two goals and added an assist as Pittsburgh topped the Boston Bruins 5-3 on Friday night at PPG Paints Arena. The former Northeastern University standout buried an empty-netter near the end of regulation to complete the two-goal effort.
Ex-Bruin Phil Kessel, Jake Guentzel, and Derek Grant also scored for the Penguins in the home win over the B’s. After David Krejci scored the game-tying goal in the third period to make it 3-3, Guentzel scored the go-ahead tally just 2:45 later and the Pens never looked back.
Pittsburgh carried a 1-0 lead into the second period off Grant’s goal, and Kessel quickly added to it with his 13th of the season just 1:56 into the middle frame. Brandon Carlo made it 2-1 with a one-timer from the point through traffic in front.
But Aston-Reese extended the Penguins’ lead to 3-1 after forcing a turnover by Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson on a Bruins power play and setting up a 2-on-1 with Brian Dumoulin. Aston-Reeese buried his chance in the slot to give the Penguins another two-goal lead at the time.
The B’s battled back in the third with Chris Wagner and David Krejci to tie the game, and the Bruins outscored the Penguins 51-28 overall in the game. But ultimately, Pens goalie Casey DeSmith made 48 saves on 51 shots to earn the win for Pittsburgh.
The Bruins get the Atlantic Division rival Buffalo Sabres next with a 5 p.m. game at TD Garden on Sunday.
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