Through two periods and change, Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman matched the Penguins’ Tristan Jarry across the board.
But the Penguins finally found their advantage on 24th shot of the afternoon from their relentless attack, this one from Jake Guentzel, and never looked back in a 1-0 victory over the Bruins at PPG Paints Arena.
It’s hard to fault Swayman or the Bruins for the shot, too. Mike Reilly did just about everything he could to deny Guentzel prime real estate, and the 26-year-old just ripped a shot home for his 21st goal of the season.
Guentzel’s goal was the only one of the afternoon, and stood as the lone blemish on a 28-of-29 performance from the 22-year-old Swayman, which saw his 2021 season save percentage from .943 to .946. It was also just Swayman’s second loss through seven NHL appearances, and first since a 20-0f-23 performance in net on Apr. 10.
If you were looking to pin blame on anything in this 1-0 defeat, it certainly came back to the Boston offense, which failed to pose much of a threat for Jarry in what finished as a light 30-save shutout for the Penguin netminder.
“They kept us to the outside,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “We had some guys that were certainly willing to go [inside] and some that are refusing to work to the inside and attack the net with the puck. As a result, there were limited chances.”
Limited may be putting it lightly. In almost 58 minutes of five-on-five play, the Bruins were credited with just 13 scoring chances compared to the Penguins’ 30, and were crushed in the high-danger scoring chance game, 11-2.
Craig Smith and David Pastrnak led the Bruins in shots, with four apiece.
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron returned to the Boston lineup after missing Friday’s loss in Buffalo due to a lower-body injury. Bergeron finished with two shots and a high-sticking penalty in 14:55 of action.
The B’s will remain in Pittsburgh for a Tuesday night rematch with the Pens.