Penguins-Bruins bury eight goals in most outrageous period of season

Carrie Guzman
March 3, 2018

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David Backes and Torey Krug also scored for the Bruins, who haven't lost in regulation to the Penguins at home in eight games since 2013.

The Bruins and Penguins ignored that line of thinking on Thursday night at TD Garden, where the B's pinned an 8-4 loss on the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions in their second game (both wins) since No. 1 center Patrice Bergeron left the lineup with a fractured foot. David Krejci led the way a hat trick and Don Sweeney's National Hockey League trade deadline acquisitions helped Boston sail past Pittsburgh. Ex-Bruin Phil Kessel scored the other goal for the Penguins, who lost their third in a row. "They've been very good for us and so we're just going to have to stay with it here".

One night after the Boston Celtics posted a season-high 134 points in the same building, the Bruins scored their most goals of the year.

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Pastrnak and Maatta traded tallies in a relatively quiet final 25 minutes of play to give Boston an 8-4 win. Tristan Jarry came in to replace him, but nothing could help this worn out Penguins defense.

Pittsburgh's Olli Matta scored early in the first period, but from there on out Boston dominated the game. DeSmith made only two saves on five shots. Rick Nash had a goal and an assist, Brian Gionta had two assists, and Nick Holden had an assist with four shots on goal.

Krejci (power play) scored his second of the night 2:16 into the second period; it was all but an empty-netter, after defenseman Nick Holden - like Gionta, in his first game as a Bruin - slid a flawless pass through the slot.

Eight different players scored goals in the first period Thursday night.

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