PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Penguins once thought they'd never go back to the bad old days of the early 1980s when they were the NHL's worst team. Instead, they're creating a new era of ineptitude.
The Penguins lost a club record 12th in a row and tied an NHL record with their 11th straight home loss, falling 6-3 Tuesday night to Boston as Dan McGillis scored one of three Bruins power-play goals.
Ryan Malone scored twice, but the Penguins still broke the club-record losing streak set by their 1982-83 team _ 11 in a row from Jan. 22-Feb. 10, 1983. The Penguins also became the fifth NHL team to lose 11 straight at home in a single season, joining the Bruins (1924-25), Capitals (1975), Senators (1993) and Thrashers (2000).
Pittsburgh will set the league record if it loses Monday night at home to Toronto. Before then, the Penguins play at Florida on Thursday and St. Louis on Saturday.
``I think we're waiting for luck to come to us and you can't do that,'' rookie Brooks Orpik said. ``It's just a combination of a lot of things right now.''
The Penguins, who haven't won since Jan. 12 at Philadelphia and at home since Dec. 29 against Chicago, are creeping closer to the record 17-game losing streaks by the Capitals in 1975 and the Sharks in 1993. The Penguins already own the NHL record for the longest winning streak, 17 in a row late in the 1992-93 season.
Joe Thornton had a goal and two assists as Boston won its sixth in a row, even though All-Star forward Glen Murray sat out with an unspecified illness. Murray, who leads the Bruins with 23 goals, has scored at least one goal in each of his last six games, totaling nine goals.
``Not having Glen Murray, I thought everybody picked up their game when we needed it in timely situations,'' coach Mike Sullivan said.
The Bruins went 3-for-5 on the power play after failing to score more than one power-play goal in a game since Nov. 19 against Atlanta. The Penguins have allowed 15 power-play goals in their last 11 games.
``It was a weird game but a good win,'' Thornton said. ``Our special teams were sharp and that was the main difference. Early on it was a struggle to get into the game; before the break everybody was rolling and going good. So to get a win was a good confidence booster.''
Every Boston goal but Thornton's empty netter in the final minute came with a player in the penalty box. Sergei Samsonov, who later left with a rib injury; Martin Lapointe and McGillis scored on the power play. Mike Knuble scored with the teams skating 4-on-4 and Brian Rolston scored short-handed in the third period to make it 5-3. The Penguins have allowed a league-leading 12 short-handed goals.
``Our penalty killing is just so ... no words can describe it right now, to be honest with you,'' coach Eddie Olczyk said.
Boston led 2-1 and 3-2, but the Penguins tied it each time _ by Malone late in the first period on a power play and by Matt Bradley, who scored his fourth to make it 3-3 in the second period.
McGillis, coming off a two-game layoff with a strained hip muscle, put the Bruins ahead 4-3 less than two minutes later by taking Thornton's cross-ice pass and steering it through two Penguins and past goalie Sebastien Caron. McGillis hadn't scored in 25 games since Dec. 11.
``I didn't think the pass was there, but he put it right on my tape,'' McGillis said of his fourth goal. ``He gave me lots of time to have a look and I think the goalie was on the other side of the net.''
|Ryan Malone (14) ASST: Tomas Surovy (10), Dan Focht (1)|
1 - 0 PIT
|PPG - Sergei Samsonov (11) ASST: Daniel Mcgillis (14), Patrice Bergeron (16)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Martin Lapointe (10) ASST: Nick Boynton (16), Brian Rolston (23)|
2 - 1 BOS
|PPG - Ryan Malone (15) ASST: Dick Tarnstrom (21), Drake Berehowsky (16)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Mike Knuble (16) ASST: Joe Thornton (40), Sean O'Donnell (6)|
3 - 2 BOS
|Matt Bradley (4) ASST: Eric Meloche (5), Mike Eastwood (10)|
3 - 3 Tie
|PPG - Daniel Mcgillis (4) ASST: Joe Thornton (41), Patrice Bergeron (17)|
4 - 3 BOS
|SHG - Brian Rolston (17) ASST: P.J. Axelsson (11), Sean O'Donnell (7)|
5 - 3 BOS
|EN - Joe Thornton (15) ASST: Rob Zamuner (5)|
6 - 3 BOS
|Sean O'Donnell Interference against Konstantin Koltsov|
|Ryan Malone Hooking against Hal Gill|
|Tom Kostopoulos Cross checking against Mike Knuble|
|Ted Donato Cross checking against Rico Fata|
|Dan Focht Elbowing against Joe Thornton|
|Brooks Orpik Roughing against P.J. Axelsson|
|P.J. Axelsson Roughing against Brooks Orpik|
|Hal Gill Holding against Tom Kostopoulos|
|Milan Kraft Tripping against Daniel Mcgillis|
|Eric Meloche Hi-sticking against Craig MacDonald|
|Nick Boynton Holding against Ryan Malone|