PITTSBURGH (AP) – Trent Frederic scored the only goal of the third half and the Boston Bruins defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Frederic gave the Bruins the final lead at 7:07 a.m. of the third. He hit goalkeeper Casey DeSmith with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle through traffic.
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David Pastrnak finished 13th in power play for the Bruins, who lost nine of their last 13 games. It was the Bruins’ second win in their last seven street games after a 5-0-1 away game.
Dan Vladar scored 34 saves for his first win on his first NHL start. Vladar made his Stanley Cup playoff debut last summer when he replaced Jaroslav Halak in the third game of the second round against Tampa Bay. Bruins’ # 1 goalkeeper Tuukka Rask skated Tuesday but missed his fifth game in a row with an unknown injury.
Brandon Tanev scored his seventh goal for Pittsburgh, ending a six-game winning streak. The Penguins had won 11 of their previous 14 games. Sidney Crosby’s seven-point streak ended and DeSmith stopped 31 shots.
Frederic’s winner was the Bruins’ third goal in their last six games. The Bruins have scored 33 goals in their last 14 games.
Pastrnak opened the scoring with a power play goal at 3:20 a.m. in the first half. Pastrnak took a feed from Brad Marchand and hit DeSmith between the pads with a backhand player.
Tanev drew the game at 15:22 in the first half. Evan Rodrigues deflected Kasperi Kapan’s shot on goal and Tanev converted the rebound from the side of the net.
MALKIN LEAVES EARLY
Evgeni Malkin left mid-first half on Tuesday after a corner kick from Bruins defender Jarred Tinordi. He came back for a power play shift later in time before returning to the locker room for good.
Malkin started Tuesday with points in 12 of his previous 14 games, including an eight-point streak in which he scored four goals and 12 points during the run. Malkin became the third Russian-born player to score 1,100 NHL points in a win against Boston the night before.
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Tanev was rated a 5 minute major at 12:57 p.m. of the second period and a game misconduct on boarding at Tinordi.
Tanev’s check off the boards made Tinordi clumsily crash in front of the Bruins’ bank. Tinordi (torso) stayed on the ice for a few moments before being helped into the locker room and not returning.
Boston managed just four shots during the five-minute power play, and Pittsburgh’s Mark Jankowski hit the post with short hands in a runaway during the killer’s dwindling moments. Pittsburgh killed the penalty without two of their best penalties, Tanev and Teddy Blueger, which were a surprise scratch, playing with 10 strikers for the final 27 minutes.
BRUIN’S RARE PROFIT IN PITTSBURGH
Boston won their first game in Pittsburgh since a 6-2 win on December 18, 2015. The Bruins have been without a win in their last seven games in Pittsburgh, including a 4-1 loss on Monday.
The Penguins had 11 wins and points in 12 of 14 home games against Boston on March 11, 2012.
Pittsburgh heads to New Jersey for two street games on Thursday before closing the month with a five game homestand.
Boston continues a four-game road trip in Buffalo on Thursday. The Bruins will then return home for an eight-game franchise-long homestand that will allow fans to return against the New York Islanders from March 23rd.
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