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Bruins point streak ends at 19 with loss to Penguins

Pittsburgh moves into third place in Metropolitan Division

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

Bjugstad's early tally

BOS@PIT: Bjugstad buries early goal for Penguins

Nick Bjugstad tips home Patric Hornqvist's shot at the doorstep after a turnover to give the Penguins an early 1-0 lead

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PITTSBURGH -- The Boston Bruins' 19-game point streak ended with a 4-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday.

David Krejci scored for a fourth straight game, and Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves for Boston (42-18-9), which was 15-0-4 in its previous 19 games for the second-longest point streak in Bruins history; they had at least one point in 23 straight games (15-0 with eight ties) in 1940-41.

"People talk about [the streak] a lot," Krejci said. "That's pretty much all people talk about these days, but we just tried to take it game by game. This one was just two point on the table. Just couldn't get it done today."

 

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Boston is second in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, 15 points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning and four ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jared McCann scored two goals and Matt Murray made 39 saves for Pittsburgh (37-23-9), which moved past the Carolina Hurricanes into third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins are two points behind the New York Islanders and six behind the Washington Capitals.

Video: BOS@PIT: McCann nets shorthanded goal on breakaway

Murray is 5-1-2 in his past eight starts and has allowed two goals or fewer in five of those games. He was 5-5-0 in his previous 10 starts after winning nine straight from Dec. 15-Jan.11.

"We're down the stretch here, so every game is huge," Murray said. "It's basically playoff hockey from here on out, so [it] doesn't really matter who we're playing against. ... Every game is going to be like that."

Nick Bjugstad gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead on a wrist shot from outside of the crease at 1:33 of the first period before McCann made it 2-0 with a shorthanded goal at 13:54 of the first on a breakaway with a backhand shot.

"We were light on all the battles in the first," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "You could tell they were better prepared to win the pucks. It cost us a couple goals. Eventually, we got going. I thought the second period was good. We bounced back. ... That was a tough one to overcome against a hungry team with a pedigree."

Krejci made it 2-1 on a power play at 4:32 of the second period, but Jake Guentzel scored a power-play goal at 16:32 of the second to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead. It was Guentzel's 34th goal of the season.

John Moore got the Bruins back within a goal with Halak pulled at 18:59 of the third, but McCann scored an empty-net goal with 21 seconds remaining for the 4-2 final.

"I'm feeling more comfortable every game, it feels like," said McCann, who, along with Bjugstad, was acquired from the Florida Panthers on Feb. 1. "I'm playing with one of the best players in the world [first-line center Sidney Crosby] too, so that kind of helps. We created a lot tonight. ... I try to play good for the guys and not let them down."

Video: BOS@PIT: Moore beats Murray through traffic

 

They said it

"I think we can be proud of [the streak], but not satisfied. There's no reason we can't get back to work on Tuesday. That's the special part about this group; guys really push each other. We expect a lot out of each other, so we'll be ready on Tuesday." -- Bruins defenseman John Moore

"We always have our moments. I think this game is all about momentum. When you don't have it and you get on your heels, it's having the ability to minimize the damage and try to get the momentum back. That's when we've got to simplify our game. We've got to manage the puck the right way. We've got try to get back on our toes. ... I thought tonight, against a real good team that's won a lot of games and has beat a lot of good teams lately, I thought we did a real good job in that regard." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan

 

Need to know

Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk left with an upper-body injury after taking a hit from Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist along the boards at 2:11 of the second period. Cassidy said Grzelcyk's X-rays came back negative. ... The Bruins are 1-2-0 against the Penguins this season after winning 10 of the previous 14 matchups (10-1-3). ... Murray started for the third time in four days. He has started each of Pittsburgh's past eight games, marking the first time he has started eight straight since his run of eight in a row from Jan. 16-Feb. 3, 2017. ... Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese did not play in the third period because of a lower-body injury. ... Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang missed a seventh straight game with an upper-body injury.

 

What's next

Bruins: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, NESN, NHL.TV)

Penguins: Host the Washington Capitals on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, NBCSWA)

Video: McCann, Murray lead Penguins past Bruins

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