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Boston 3, Pittsburgh 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Referees: Jean Hebert, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Devin Berg, Libor Suchanek
Attendance: 4672

David Krejci had a goal and an assist Tuesday as the visiting Boston Bruins earned a split of their two-game set against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 3-1 win.

Brad Marchand and Taylor Hall also scored for Boston, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Bruins No. 1 goaltender Tuukka Rask, making just his sixth start since March 8 because of injuries, recorded 25 saves.

The Bruins (28-14-6, 62 points), in the fourth and final playoff position in the East Division, maintained a four-point cushion over the New York Rangers with two games in hand.

Jeff Carter scored for Pittsburgh (32-15-3, 67 points), which had its four-game winning streak halted.

Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry, coming off a 30-save shutout Sunday in a 1-0 win against the Bruins, made 28 saves.

With the loss and Washington's win over the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh fell into second place in the East, a point behind the Capitals.

The Bruins and Penguins, who could meet in the playoffs, were coming off a tightly played, postseason-style game Sunday that featured only a third-period goal.

This one was a little more open but still scoreless until well past the midpoint.

Krejci gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 18:10 of the second period. Rask got things rolling by getting the puck to Charlie McAvoy. As play turned up ice, McAvoy sent a feed ahead to Krejci. He drove down the slot, curling around Penguins defenseman Mike Matheson and letting loose a backhander that sailed over Jarry's glove.

At 6:38 of the third, Pittsburgh's Teddy Blueger and Boston's Jeremy Lauzon fought near the Bruins net.

Marchand upped Boston's lead to 2-0 at 9:11 of the third. Jarry stopped an initial shot by Marchand, and the puck popped into the air. David Pastrnak got to it and pulled Jarry to his right with a shot. That rebound went to Marchand, who had an open net behind Jarry.

At 12:18 of the third, Hall made it 3-0 when he snapped a shot high over Jarry's glove.

With 2:21 left, Carter took a stretch pass from Kris Letang, and from the right dot, scored far side to close it to 3-1.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Boston   Pittsburgh
David Krejci 2 Points Jeff Carter 1
David Krejci 1 Goals Jeff Carter 1
David Krejci 1 Assists Kasperi Kapanen 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Tuukka Rask .962 Save Percentage Tristan Jarry .903
Tuukka Rask 25 Saves Tristan Jarry 28
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Boston 31 3 0-1 3-3 11 34
Pittsburgh 26 1 0-3 1-1 7 26
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