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TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts Attendance: 17,565
Minus G Murray, Penguins visit Bruins
Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins
- Pittsburgh beat Dallas, 5-1, after scoring three goals in the first 10:04 of the game. The Penguins have scored nine first-period goals in their last five games and their +6 goal differential in the opening frame this season is tied with Florida for second-best in the NHL (San Jose, +14).
- Boston fell to Detroit, 3-2 in overtime, for their third loss in four games. The Bruins return home where they have averaged 4.11 goals per game compared to 1.92 goals per game on the road, the largest difference in the NHL.
- The Bruins have gone 10-2-3 against the Penguins since the 2013-14 realignment and are 7-0-1 at home against Pittsburgh in that span. That's Boston's longest home points streak against Pittsburgh since earning points in 28 straight (26-0-2) from December 1968 to October 1978.
- Patric Hornqvist earned second-star honors on Wednesday, tallying a goal and an assist in the win. He has four goals and four assists over his last four games, the second time he's done that in his career; he had four goals and four assists from October 9 to 18, 2014, his first four games with Pittsburgh.
- Sidney Crosby has 50 points in 36 career games against the Bruins (1.39 points per game), while Evgeni Malkin has 38 points in 32 career skates (1.19 points per game). Those are the two highest points per game averages among all active players with at least 10 career games against the Bruins.
- Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson lit the lamp in the loss for his second career goal, with the first coming in the team's previous game on Saturday. He looks to become the second Bruins rookie in the last 10 seasons to score in three straight games, joining Brad Marchand who did so January 10-13, 2011.
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BOSTON -- One win, especially one over a road-weary and injured team, does not mean a turnaround.
But the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Bruins at TD Garden Saturday night hoping to finally get something going.
To do it, though, the Pens will have to survive without goaltender Matt Murray for a while. Murray, who has struggled through this 8-8-4 start, was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a lower body injury.
"This is something that he's been dealing with for a couple of weeks, and the decision was made this morning 1/8for him 3/8 to rest and see if that gives him an opportunity to heal," coach Mike Sullivan said.
Murray has a 4.08 goals-against average and .877 save percentage for the Pens, who sit a point from the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
The injury has lingered.
"He's a real competitive guy," Sullivan said. "He's fighting through it trying to capture his game. He knows how important he is to our team and it just speaks volumes for the type of person that he is."
Casey DeSmith was in the driver's seat in Wednesday's win and top prospect Tristan Jarry was recalled from the minors Thursday.
"Over 60 minutes, I think this is the best game we played all year," Patric Hornqvist said after the Pens improved to just 2-6-2 in their last 10 games. "We didn't give them much, and we controlled the territory all night. We were the better team."
Sidney Crosby returned Wednesday after missing three games with an upper body injury and had a three-point night in the victory.
If the Penguins are looking for sympathy from the Bruins in the injury department, they won't find it. The Bruins have been missing no fewer than six defensemen at the same time and captain Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron are both out for a month.
Injured defenseman Kevan Miller returned in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss in Detroit after missing 13 games with a broken hand. Fellow defenseman Charlie McAvoy is close to a return from a concussion.
The Bruins finished 1-1-2 on a four-game road trip and know they have to work without their two leaders for several weeks.
"We don't really let that bother us. We saw how long Bergy's going to be out, Zee - obviously they're big keys in our team," Tuukka Rask, who has come back strong from his short personal leave, said after Wednesday's game. "But we can't start thinking of that, we just have to move on and guys are coming in and they're going to have great opportunities to grow for NHL players and make a difference.
"You've got to look at it as an opportunity. I think the experience now is going to pay 1/8off 3/8 in the end. That's kind of how we're trying to build."
The Bruins have swept five home games from the Penguins over the last three seasons.
While DeSmith was chased in just 5:27 -- three goals on eight shots -- in a start against the Bruins back on March 1, Jarry (14-6-2 with the Pens last season) is 0-1 in two games against Boston. He has allowed 10 goals on 52 shots.
If the Boston rotation continues, Jaroslav Halak will start Saturday night. Halak, who has taken the No. 1 job from Rask, is 7-2-2 on the season. His 2.07 GAA is third in the league, while his .935 save percentage is tied for second.
Lifetime against the Penguins, he is 8-6-2 with 2.50/.920 numbers and one shutout.
Updated November 22, 2018