5 things we learned: Tuukka Rask holds down fort until Bruins blow out Penguins in final 10 minutes

DJ Bean
February 24, 2016 - 5:08 pm
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The Bruins had to fight tooth-and-nail to hold onto a one-goal lead, but they forced the floodgates open late and ran away with a 5-1 victory over the visiting Penguins on Wednesday night. With only a pair of David Pastrnak goals through the first 50 minutes of regulation and the Penguins forcing Tuukka Rask to keep Boston in it, the Bruins scored three times in the final 10 minutes, including Landon Ferraro'€™s first point in 26 games and Brad Marchand'€™s 31st of the season, to put the game out of reach. Rask stopped 41 of the 42 shots he saw, while the Bruins managed to put up five goals despite not having a power play on the night. The Bruins have now swept the season series against the Penguins, winning all three contests. CZECHS MIX David Pastrnak was buzzing in the early going of Wednesday'€™s contest and he finally cashed in thanks to a beauty of a pass from linemate David Krejci. The veteran center lobbed a pass up the middle of the ice to spring Pastrnak on a breakaway on which he was hooked by Derrick Pouliot to earn a penalty shot. Pastrnak scored, becoming the youngest Bruins player to cash in on a penalty shot at age 19.

Minutes before his penalty shot goal, Pastrnak nearly scored when he picked a pass off from Marc-Andre Fleury and threw quick attempts at the net, but of which were stopped by the Pittsburgh netminder. ERIKSSON MAKES PRESENCE FELT While Loui Eriksson dropped off his goal-a-game pace from his previous seven games, he did play a key role in Boston'€™s second goal by pressuring Olli Maatta into a turnover that resulted in Pastrnak'€™s second tally of the night. B'€™S LOAD UP The Bruins used a top pairing of Zdeno Chara with Adam McQuaid, a duo that was seen frequently in the games leading up to McQuaid'€™s early January injury. The Chara-McQuaid pair was deployed to match against Sidney Crosby'€™s line with Patric Hornqvist and Chris Kunitz. Though that meant less balance in Boston'€™s other two pairings (Torey Krug with Dennis Seidenberg and Joe Morrow with Kevan Miller), the Chara-McQuaid did its job by keeping Pittsburgh'€™s first line off the board. The Morrow-Miler pair surendered Tom Kuhnackl'€™s second-period tally. SPOONER GOES END TO END As they say, speed kills. Such was the case when, with the Bruins barely protecting a one-goal lead with under 10 minutes to play in regulation, Ryan Spooner went end-to-end, crossing from the right wing to the left wing in the process, and cut towards the net before finding Jimmy Hayes to give the Bruins a goal off the rush for some much-needed insurance. Spooner had gone three games without a point, but his play Wednesday to give Boston its third goal helped open the floodgates late in the game. The assist was Spooner'€™s 30th of the season (second on the Bruins, behind only Krejci) as he'€™s now up to 41 points.
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