By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
It appeared that divine intervention was once again going to come through for the Boston Bruins.
In Pittsburgh for the second leg of a back-to-back, and playing their third game in four nights, the Bruins were down by two goals but found themselves on the right side of back-to-back empty-net misses from the Penguins. They answered that with a John Moore goal to pull themselves within one with just 1:01 left, and yet another comeback looked to be in the plans.
But Jared McCann made sure that the Pens did not go 0-for-3 on empty-net tries, and gave the Penguins the pivotal fourth goal of their night, and putting Boston’s 19-game point streak to bed with a 4-2 Pittsburgh win at PPG Paints Arena.
It was a fitting end to a night that saw nearly every Boston mistake end up in the back of Jaroslav Halak’s net.
Pittsburgh first got on the board behind a pair of d-zone turnovers from David Krejci and Lee Stempniak, and were put in an 0-2 hole behind a Krejci power-play turnover made five feet over the attacking blue line.
The Bruins brought themselves within one on Krejci’s power-play goal in the second period, but were once again down by two when another turnover, this time on a shorthanded rush, allowed Jake Guentzel to break through for his 34th goal of the year.
Penguins goaltender Matt Murray had a stellar night in the Pittsburgh crease and finished with 39 saves.
The 33-year-old Halak did his best to keep the Bruins in this one, too, and came through with countless saves from in tight, and ended his night with 33 saves on 36 shots thrown his way in the losing effort.
In what was his eighth game since being traded to Boston, Weymouth, Mass. native Charlie Coyle got on the board with his first point in a Boston uniform in the losing effort, as he collected the primary assist on Moore’s third-period strike.
Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, meanwhile, left this game in the second period after taking a Patric Hornvqvist hit right to the arm. B’s head coach Bruce Cassidy said after the game that the x-rays on Grzelcyk were negative, meaning that the Black and Gold may have dodged a bullet here so long as there’s no ligament damage.
The Bruins will head to Columbus for a Tuesday night meeting with the Blue Jackets.