Jeffrey Scores OT Winner As Pens Beat Boston 3-2
BOSTON (KDKA/AP) — The Penguins pulled out a big victory and ended the Boston Bruins’ seven-game winning streak when Dustin Jeffrey scored in overtime at TD Garden Saturday night.
The hard-earned 3-2 win gave the injury-ravaged Pens two much-needed points in the standings. They had won only one of their previous seven, including four overtime losses.
Jeffrey’s game-winner was his second goal of the game. He also scored in the second period to put the Penguins up 2-1. Jordan Staal scored the Penguins other goal.
Tim Thomas stopped 36 shots for the Bruins, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for the Penguins.
The Bruins outshot the Penguins 7-2 early, getting a few good scoring chances.
It was Boston that struck first, taking a 1-0 lead on defenseman Zdeno Chara’s goal 7:26 into the second period.
David Krejci made a soft backhand pass from the boards to Chara, who moved into the slot and beat Fleury with a rising wrist shot for his first goal since his first hat trick on Jan. 17.
Boston was on its longest winning streak since a 10-game run from Dec. 12, 2008 to Jan. 1, 2009.
The Pens tied it at 1-1 seconds after Fleury made a nice save on Johnny Boychuk’s hard shot from the point. Staal finished a 2-on-1 break with Tyler Kennedy by slipping the puck behind Thomas, who moved across to try to cut down Kennedy’s angle.
Just 70 seconds later, the Penguins made it 2-1 on Jeffrey’s first goal of the game.
But Krejci sent the game to overtime when he scored with just 33 seconds left in regulation while Thomas was pulled for an extra skater.
Krejci’s wrist shot from the slot came after he took a feed from Nathan Horton. The goal came seconds after Bruins defenseman Tomas Kaberle blocked Matt Cooke’s shot after Thomas had vacated the net.
Thomas was beaten for the winning goal 1:52 into OT when Jeffrey broke in alone, after he stole a pass from defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. He got the goalie out of position and tucked a shot into the net for the win.
The Penguins now return home following their five-game road trip. They face the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night at 7 p.m.