Vladar, Bruins Edge Penguins, 2-1

Mar 16, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) congratulates goaltender Daniel Vladar (80) on his first career NHL victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. Boston won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) congratulates goaltender Daniel Vladar (80) on his first career NHL victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. Boston won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 16, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) skates with the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins center Colton Sceviour (7) during the second period at PPG Paints Arena. Boston won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) skates with the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins center Colton Sceviour (7) during the second period at PPG Paints Arena. Boston won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Notes

  • Charlie McAvoy had an ice-time of 30:16, which but simple Math standards means he played more than half the game. His partner, Matt Grzelcyk was second in time one-ice at 23:42.
  • The Bruins went 1-for-4 on the power play, while they killed all four chances Pittsburgh had.
  • The two goals allowed by Pens goalie Casey DeSmith were the most he’s allowed in the last two games.
  • Pastrnak has quietly taken over the team lead in goals with his 13th in the game. Remember, he missed the first seven games recovering from hip surgery in the offseason.
  • Once again, the Bruins dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 32 of the 55 draws. Bergeron was 14-for-21 and David Krejci was 9-for-12. Sean Kuraly was 5-for-8.
  • Every Bruin had at least one shot on the net, except for McAvoy and Karson Kuhlman. Nick Ritchie had a team-high five and Pastrnak had four. Grezelcyk and Marchand each had three. Boston finished with 33 shots on DeSmith.

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All in all, the Bruins split the two-game set and are right back where they started before Monday night’s game, three points behind the Penguins for third place and three ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers for the final playoff spot in the East Division. After a day off, they begin a two-game set in Buffalo against the struggling Sabres.