It would take Boston only 1:51 into the first period to register the first goal of the night. Ryan Spooner jumped on a redirected point shot from Kevan Miller, sliding the puck past Pittsburgh netminder Tristan Jarry.
It took just over seven minutes into the period for a goal to be scored. That goal would come off the stick of Brad Marchand who was the recipient of a Patrice Bergeron faceoff win in the left circle of the Penguins’ zone. Marchand placed a perfect shot top-shelf on Jarry to cut his team’s deficit to one.
The Penguins would come out fast to start the third period, able to string together a couple of strong shifts early. That hard work eventually paid off with the game-tying goal from Riley Sheahan who fought off Grzelcyk down the left wall to beat Rask with a shot low blocker-side.
Pittsburgh continued to dominate well into overtime until Phil Kessel was able to catch the Bruins on a line change and break into the zone with Malkin. Kessel fed the puck cross-ice from the right side for an easy tap-in for Malkin to win the game 6-5 with 2:09 left in overtime.
Pittsburgh outshot Boston 35-25 in the game. Boston won the slight majority of faceoffs with 51.6%. The Penguins out-hit the Bruins 36-28 and went 2/3 on the power play, while Boston failed to convert either of their two odd-man advantages.
Next Game: Saturday, January 13th at Montreal (five days off for league-mandated bye week).
The atmosphere of this one felt like that of a high-scoring playoff matchup. Boston came out and notched the first goal, only for Pittsburgh to come back with three of their own before the period was over.
The Bruins regained momentum, scoring four consecutive goals, after what felt like complete domination by the Penguins to close out the first 20 minutes.
What appeared to suck the life out of Boston was the goal by Evgeni Malkin with 3.6 seconds left in the second period. This goal gave Pittsburgh momentum going into the third, and it showed when they tied the game up less than three minutes into the period.
The remainder of the period was controlled largely by the Penguins. The best opportunity for the Bruins came on Brad Marchand’s penalty shot with just over a minute left in the game. It would have felt as though Boston stole the game in the final minutes if Marchand had been able to convert his opportunity, which he nearly did, sliding the puck through Murray’s legs and wide of the net.
Boston has five days off before they see the Montreal Canadiens next Saturday for Hockey Night in Canada at the Bell Centre.
It will be the first of three meetings in the span of a week between the two storied rivals, and the first time the Bruins faceoff against former head coach Claude Julien, who was fired by the team back on February 7th.