And just like that, the Bruins have a four-game win streak.
Boston took care of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night, 4-1, at TD Garden as the B’s controlled the entire 60 minutes of action. The defense was all over Pittsburgh, allowing their opponent just 17 shots on goal.
Chris Wagner, Sean Kuraly and Patrice Bergeron (twice) also had the tallies for the Bruins, while Cody Ceci had the lone goal for the Pens.
Jaroslav Halak was strong between the pipes with 16 saves for the B’s, while Tristan Jarry also stopped 16.
With the win, the Bruins moved to 5-1-1, while the Penguins fell to 4-3-1.
Here’s how it all went down:
A strong shift from Kuraly’s line against the Sidney Crosby line led to a Wagner blast from one knee to make it a 1-0 game.
But Pittsburgh tied it up nine minutes later when Boston failed to get the puck out of its own zone and Ceci fired the puck past Halak.
Anders Bjork did everything right in the final minute of the period when he accelerated up ice, around the net and back to the top of the face-off circles before firing the puck into traffic.
It deflected off Kuraly for the 2-1 lead.
The B’s outshot the Penguins 9-6 after 20.
Bergeron gave the B’s some insurance in the second period when he hammered home the puck past Jarry to make it 3-1.
Pittsburgh had an opportunity to get one back on the power play when Jeremy Lauzon went off for interference with 6:20 to go, but Boston killed it off.
The Pens went on the man advantage yet again with just over a minute to go, but the horn sounded without a goal.
Boston outshot its opponent 16-11 heading into the third period.
BRUINS WIN FOUR STRAIGHT
Bergeron struck again, this time on the power play, to give the B’s a 4-1 edge when he blasted the puck from the face-off circle after some nice puck movement from the top power play unit.
And, much like the entirety of the game, the Bruins controlled the pace of play and now go into their road trip with some serious momentum after their 4-1 win.
The Bruins travel to Washington to take on the Capitals on Saturday night. Puck drop from Capital One Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET.