NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 OT Tot
Pittsburgh 0 0 2 0 2
Boston 1 1 0 1 3
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00 BRT, January 26, 2021
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 0

Penguins face Bruins while eyeing fifth straight win

Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins

  1. The Bruins took two of the three meetings with the Penguins last season, but Pittsburgh won the last one, 4-3, in Pittsburgh on January 19, 2020. Boston has won its last eight home games against the Penguins -- its longest active home win streak against a single opponent.
  2. Pittsburgh swept a home set against the Rangers and has won four straight games, all by one goal (including two shootout wins). The Penguins' streak of one-goal wins is the club's longest single-season such streak since March 2013 -- they have won five straight games by one goal exactly once in franchise history, from February 8-18, 2007.
  3. Jake Guentzel scored the game-winner in Sunday's victory over the Rangers, his 100th career goal in his 249th career game. He became the 10th-fastest Penguin to reach the 100-goal milestone and fastest since Evgeni Malkin did so in his 210th game on January 30, 2009.
  4. Sidney Crosby has 56 points (14g, 42a) in 42 career games against Boston, most among active players. His 1.33 points per game against the Bruins rank fourth all-time among players with at least 20 skates against Boston, behind only Zigmund Palffy (1.73), Mario Lemieux (1.70), and Wayne Gretzky (1.38).
  5. Boston swept a two-game home set against Philadelphia, including a 6-1 win in Saturday's matchup. The Bruins allowed four shots on goal in the first period of that win and have averaged 4.4 shots faced in first periods this season, fewest in the NHL; Dallas ranks second at 7.0.
  6. Patrice Bergeron lit the lamp twice in Saturday's win, also adding an assist for his 50th career three-point game. That ranks 11th in Bruins history and one behind Peter McNab; Phil Esposito holds the club record with 140 such games.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to carry the momentum from a perfect homestand into a two-game road series against the Boston Bruins beginning Tuesday.

The Penguins have won four straight since dropping their first two contests on the road at the Philadelphia Flyers. Each of Pittsburgh's victories required comebacks, with three extending beyond regulation.

Such was almost the case last time out for the Penguins, but Jake Guentzel scored with 1:31 remaining for a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday. The marker was Guentzel's 100th career goal.

"It's nice to just get points, and when you can win in regulation, obviously you're not giving up points to your opponent," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "We're in a divisional race here. There's a lot of parity in the division. There's a lot of really good teams. We're trying to win each game right in front of us."

The Bruins are one of those division opponents, and they enter Tuesday's matchup after two straight victories over the Flyers. Boston's offense exploded Saturday in a 6-1 win, with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron each scoring a pair of goals.

"I thought we had a great effort," Marchand said. "Not only this evening, but the last couple games. ... We've continued to build on our game."

The Bruins and Penguins will play eight times during the regular season, including the second matchup of the two-game set at Boston on Thursday. The teams are 6-6 in their last 12 meetings.

For Boston, the key to success lies on the power play, where the team has scored six goals between its three wins this season. The Bruins were 3 for 4 on the man advantage in their most recent win over the Flyers, with Nick Ritchie assisting on two of the tallies.

"He's really good down around the net," Marchand said. "He's strong on pucks and makes really good, quick little plays. I think we're starting to build that chemistry ... it's great to have him there."

Ritchie, acquired midseason from the Anaheim Ducks last year, is third on the team in points at five, behind only Marchand (seven) and Bergeron (six). The 25-year-old's play has been a boon for Boston with the absence of star winger David Pastrnak (hip), who practiced Monday in a regular jersey but is still a stretch to rejoin the team prior to the end of the month.

The Penguins, meanwhile, are monitoring Evan Rodrigues after the forward departed Sunday's win with a lower-body injury sustained on a collision. Rodrigues had played on the top line beside Sidney Crosby and Guentzel; after he was injured, Bryan Rust moved up and scored the team's first goal of the game.

"When we made that change and we put Rusty up there, they had instant success," said Sullivan. "Those guys are familiar with one another."

Pittsburgh is still looking to get Evgeni Malkin going -- the star center has been held to one power-play goal and an assist through his first six games this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 26, 2021

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