BOSTON (AP) — Craig Smith scored with 11 seconds left in overtime, and the Boston Bruins recovered after blowing a two-goal lead to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Brad Marchand had a short-handed goal and assisted on Nick Ritchie’s goal to help the Bruins earn their third straight victory. Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots, giving up both Pittsburgh goals after he injured himself midway through the third period.
The Penguins rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third, with Jason Zucker making it 2-1 midway through the period and Kasperi Kapanen tying it with 3:16 to go. They had two exceptional chances to win it in overtime, but Evgeni Malkin’s breakaway early in the extra period went over Rask’s shoulder and off the crossbar; they had a 3-on-0 with about a minute left but didn’t get a shot off.
Instead, Smith converted on a give-and-go with David Krejci in front of the net.
Tristan Jarry stopped 33 shots for Pittsburgh, which had won four straight since starting the season 0-2.
The Bruins took the lead in the first period when Charlie McAvoy swiped the puck in his own end and shot it ahead to Marchand, who was breaking toward the Pittsburgh blue line. The Boston forward got to the faceoff circle, made a move toward the middle and then wristed the puck under Jarry’s glove to make it 1-0.
Ritchie made it 2-0 on a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period, redirecting a crossing pass from Marchand into the net.
The Penguins cut it to a one-goal lead when Rask injured himself going into a spread to make a save midway through the third period. He struggled to get back up, and left his stick on the ice when he did; Zucker fired one past the unarmed goalie to make it 2-1.
The teams play again on Thursday night.
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