The Pittsburgh Penguins win after center Brandon Sutter scored with just over two minutes left for a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. The match-up featured two of the hottest teams in the NHL and had one unlikely hero.
Brandon Sutter was on a break with Sidney Crosby when he put one passed Anton Khudobin to seal the win for the Penguins. Sutter had a chance to make a pass to Crosby but elected to take the shot himself.
Sutter couldn’t have made a better decision, as the goal held up for the key victory. Sidney Crosby went scoreless on the night as the Penguins went on to win their sixth straight game.
“He made a great shot there…I was definitely waiting for it, but I was happy to see it go in the back of the net,” Crosby said about Sutter’s game-winning goal. “That’s a big win for us.”
The Bruins came out strong Tuesday as Zdeno Chara scored on the powerplay less than five minutes into the game. Tyler Seguin scored his ninth of the season later in the first period to make it 2-0 Bruins going into the second.
Neither team scored in the second period, giving way to an exciting third. Chris Kunitz lit the lamp just over 13 minutes into the period to make it 2-1 Boston. Brandon Sutter took over from there, scoring twice within four minutes of each other to beat the Bruins.
The Bruins had won three straight going into the game with the Penguins, but fell apart late in the third period. Fatigue set in due to the Bruins playing the night before in Ottawa.
Boston has a much needed day off Wednesday before taking on the Florida Panthers on Thursday. The Panthers have lost six straight games including a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday.
The Penguins continue to win games even through one of the toughest parts of their schedule. Pittsburgh will face off with the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday before a contest with the New York Rangers Saturday. The Bruins will return to Pittsburgh Sunday to try and redeem themselves after the poor showing Tuesday night.
Sidney Crosby is without-a-doubt one of, if not the best hockey player in the world, and has the numbers to prove it. Crosby leads the league in assists and points while leading the Penguins to a tie with the Montreal Canadians for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Evgeni Malkin won’t be back in the Penguins lineup for a few weeks due to injury, but the team has responded well in his absence by winning every game without him. The Penguins win in comeback fashion over the Bruins, and have looked unstoppable in March as the playoffs creep closer and closer.