Bruins complete the comeback; beat Penguins in overtime thriller

11/2/22 by Nick Antonakas

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-5 in overtime last night in an extremely exciting game. After going down three, the Bruins were able to rally back and stun the Pens in their own building; starting off their three game road trip with an electric performance. 

The Penguins wasted no time getting on the board, as Sidney Crosby snapped one past Linus Ullmark just 30 seconds into the first period, putting Pittsburgh in front 1-0. That “first minute” goal was Crosby’s 14th of his career, breaking the NHL record for most goals scored within the first minute of the game. Soon after, Charlie Coyle was able to bat one past Tristan Jarry to tie the game up at one. The Bruins added another one before the end of the first with Jakub Lauko scoring his first career NHL goal off a clean feed from Nick Folingo, closing the first period with Boston in front 2-1. 

The Penguins responded right out of the gates in the second, with Evgeni Malkin scoring the game-tying goal just under two minutes into the period. The Penguins continued to surge, scoring three more times throughout the first half of the period to take the 5-2 lead. The situation looked bleak for the Bruins after giving up four straight goals, but they began to dig deep and claw their way out of the deficit. Boston would head to the power play with around seven minutes to play in the second period. Brad Marchand was able to block out the boos that echoed every time his stick touched the puck and blast a one-timer past Jarry to bring the Bruins within two.

In the third period, Boston trailed 5-3. With just over eight minutes left, Pavel Zacha deflected Hampus Lindholm’s shot for the score, bringing the Bruins up to 5-4. With under two minutes to go in regulation, Taylor Hall found the puck amongst a scramble and whacked it to the back of the net, tying the game at five with 1:17 to play. With both teams tied at the end of regulation, overtime was needed to crown a winner. Off a face-off win by Patrice Bergeron, Hampus Lindholm would take the puck from his own end all the way into Pittsburgh’s zone, firing it past the glove of Jarry for the game-winning goal. Lindholm’s rocket of a shot completed the comeback for Boston and handed them the 6-5 win. 

This game served as the Bruins sixth straight win and improved their record to 9-1-0 on the year. October was an incredible month for the Boston Bruins, and this streak looks to be translating into November as they continue their winning ways. Boston continues their road trip with an original six showdown at Madison Square Garden Thursday night against the New York Rangers, puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. EST.