David Pastrnak scored two goals in the second period including a rare penalty shot that propelled the Boston Bruins to a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Pastrnak opened the scoring in the second period on a 27 foot wrist shot on a penalty shot on a Penalty on Derrick Pouliot for hooking on Pastrnak. Pastrnak scored again on an unassisted 15 wrist shot to make the score 2-0.
The Pens closed within 2-1 on a four foot tip in by Tom Kuhnhackl assisted by Oskar Sundqvist and Trevor Daley.
In the third period, Boston went ahead on a five foot tip in by Jimmy Hayes assisted by Ryan Spooner and Adam McQuaid.
The Bruins went ahead 4-1 on a 27 foot snapshot by Landon Ferraro assisted by Dennis Seidenberg.
Boston then closed put the scoring on a 12 foot wrist shot by Brad Marchand with assists from Torey Krug and Patrice Bergeron to make up the 5-1 final score.
Tukka Rask had 41 saves on 42 shots for Boston who improves to 33-22-6 for 72 points for 3rd in the Atlantic division. Marc Andre-Fleury had 24 saves on 29 shots for the Penguins who falls to 30-21-8 and remains with 68 points for4th in the Metropolitan division.
The games three stars of the game were Pastrnak, Rask, and McQuaid.
The Penguins played without centers Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bonino who missed their 10th and 17th consecutive games respectively. Pittsburgh was also without defenseman Ben Lovejoy who has missed his second straight game with an upper body injury.
The Penguins will return to the Consol Energy Center Saturday afternoon when they play the Winnipeg Jets while the Bruins will travel to Raleigh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday evening.