PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Brandon Sutter and Jussi Jokinen scored in a 6:58 span in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins held on for a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.
Chris Kunitz also scored for the Penguins, who gained a small measure of revenge on the Bruins after Boston swept them out of the playoffs last spring.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 21 shots for Pittsburgh, including a sliding save on David Krejci just before the final horn. Sidney Crosby picked up an assist to push his points total to an NHL-high 21.
Patrice Bergeron and Jarome Iginla scored for Boston. Tuukka Rask finished with 28 saves, but couldn’t stop the Bruins from dropping a road game for the first time this season.
The meeting between the teams was the first since Boston’s four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference finals, when the Bruins suffocated the NHL’s highest scoring team into submission. The Penguins scored only twice in nearly 14 periods of hockey, undone by Boston’s defence and a near flawless performance by Rask, who stopped 134 of 136 shots in the series.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, FLAMES 2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—James van Riemsdyk scored a short-handed goal and Jonathan Bernier made 41 saves to help Toronto beat Calgary.
Eastern Conference-leading Toronto has won three straight to improve to 10-4-0. It was the Maple Leafs’ first victory in Calgary since Dec. 27, 2002.
Joffrey Lupul, Mason Raymond and Paul Ranger—short-handed into an empty net—also scored for Toronto. Coming off a 4-0 victory on Tuesday night in Edmonton, the Maple Leafs will wrap up their three-game trip through Western Canada on Saturday night in Vancouver.
Matt Stajan and David Jones scored for Calgary. The Flames are 5-5-2.