Frank Vatrano leads Bruins past Penguins
PITTSBURGH >> Frank Vatrano had three goals for his first career hat trick, Patrice Bergeron scored twice, and the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-2 Friday night to sweep the teams' home-and-home series.
Loui Eriksson also scored for Boston, which is 4-0-1 in its past five games, 10-1-3 in its past 14 games. Ryan Spooner added three assists and Brad Marchand added two.Tuukka Rask made 30 saves to improve to 8-0-2 in his last 10 games.
The Bruins, who beat Pittsburgh 3-0 at home on Wednesday night, have at least one point in each of their past eight road games (6-0-2).
Conor Sheary — Vatrano's college teammate at UMass — got his first two NHL points with a goal and an assist, and Trevor Daley scored his first goal with the Penguins, who are 0-3 since Mike Sullivan replaced Mike Johnston as the team's head coach last weekend.
Overall, Pittsburgh has lost four in a row (0-3-1) and six of its past seven to sit 12th in the Eastern Conference.
Sidney Crosby had two assists for the Penguins to break a three-game point-scoring drought.
Sheary, a Massachusetts native who made his league debut Wednesday and was playing on Pittsburgh's top line, made it 1-0 at 8:20 of the first period. From the left hash marks, he took a feed from behind the net from Crosby and one-timed it past Rask.
Rask had a personal shutout streak against Pittsburgh stopped at 150:29.
It was the Penguins' first lead in four games, but the Bruins tied it just 1:43 later and did not trail again.
Spooner dug the puck free from along the left half-boards, moved into the near circle and made a short pass back to Landon Ferraro. From near the top of the circle, Ferraro blasted an unscreened shot that went in off goaltender Jeff Zatkoff's glove at 10:03.
After Sheary was tripped by Boston's Kevan Miller, the Penguins gave up a short-handed goal 1:03 into the second period. With Pittsburgh hemmed in in its end, Bergeron was in the low slot and lifted the puck over Zatkoff's right pad for a 2-1 lead.
Five seconds after that Penguins power play expired, at 2:38, Daley tied it 2-2 with his first goal this season and first since Pittsburgh acquired him earlier this week in a trade with Chicago. He scored from the right point with Chris Kunitz screening Rask.
Boston regained the lead, 3-2, with a power-play goal at 9:39 of the second period when Eriksson got three whacks at the puck from the top of the crease and put the last one under Zatkoff.
During 4-on-4 play, the Bruins' Zdeno Chara sent a shot from the right point over the net. The puck bounced off of the glass and back to the front of the net, where Bergeron swatted it in for a 4-2 lead 35 seconds into the third period.
Vatrano punched in a loose puck at 12:18 of the third to make it 5-2, and scored on a rebound off of a 3-on-1 breakaway to make it 6-2 at 15:18.
Zatkkoff finished with 28 saves.
NOTES: Boston was without injured players C Zac Rinaldo (undisclosed), C Chris Kelly (broken leg), RW Joonas Kemppainen (undisclosed) and C David Pasternik (foot). The Bruins' healthy scratches were D Joe Morrow, D Zach Trotman and RW Tyler Randell. ... Pittsburgh C Nick Bonino returned after missing Wednesday game due to illness. ... Out with injuries for the Penguins were D Kris Letang (undisclosed), goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) and RW Beau Bennett (undisclosed). Letang has begun skating on his own. Pittsburgh's healthy scratches were RW Daniel Sprong and D Adam Clendening. ... The Penguins host Carolina Saturday, the only time this season they have home games on back-to-back nights. ... Boston returns home Sunday against New Jersey.
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