Krejci, Bruins are hit hard in Pittsburgh

David Krejci got a puck off the knee in the Bruins' loss at Pittsburgh Sunday.
David Krejci got a puck off the knee in the Bruins’ loss at Pittsburgh Sunday.

For the second time in six days, the Bruins went to Pittsburgh and walked away with a disappointing one-goal loss to the Penguins, the top team in the Eastern Conference. On Sunday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh (22-8-0) won its ninth straight game as it scored first in the first period then quickly responded, after Boston (19-5-3) later tied it, for a 2-1 victory.

The result was bad enough for the B’s but the news could be even worse as first line center David Krejci was felled by a Johnny Boychuk slap shot that went right off his knee late in the game. Krejci skated gingerly off the ice without putting any weight on his right leg. He’s one of the more valuable players on the team given his variety of roles and ability and it would be a big loss especially because Chris Kelly is already out indefinitely.

Pittsburgh has beaten Boston both times without Evgeni Malkin, one of the NHL’s most dynamic forwards, and Sunday they used backup goaltender Tomas Vokoun who made 31 saves. The best player in the NHL, Sidney Crosby, roofed a one-timer past Tuukka Rask (16 saves) for a 1-0 lead. Tyler Seguin answered with his 10th goal of the season after Boychuk’s shot deflected right to him, leaving Vokoun out of position. A couple of local products combined for the game-winner as Joe Vitale’s (Northeastern) diving shot off Rask’s juicy rebound was assisted by Craig Adams (Harvard) and Brooks Orpik (Boston College).

The Bruins had more than two periods left to recover but they could never find a way to solve Vokoun again. Seguin had the best chance. Vokoun was caught out of position but his stuff attempt went along the goal line but somehow not in. Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh was the start of a 4-game road trip for the B’s as they don’t return to the Garden until next Monday (vs. Toronto). Their next three games are in Canada, starting with Tuesday (8 p.m., NESN) in Winnipeg (15-11-2). The Bruins have already beaten the Jets twice (2-1 in a shootout and 3-2).

Follow Metro Boston Bruins beat writer Richard Slate on Twitter: @RichSlate


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.