Krejci helps Bruins defeat Penguins, gain in East

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PITTSBURGH — David Krejci had a goal and an assist for the Boston Bruins, who gained in the MassMutual East Division with a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.

Taylor Hall and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins (28-14-6), who had lost two in a row following a six-game winning streak. Tuukka Rask made 25 saves after being scratched Sunday, when rookie Jeremy Swayman made 28 saves with Jaroslav Halak backing up in a 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh. 

Jeff Carter scored, and Tristan Jarry made 28 saves for the Penguins (32-15-3), who had won four straight.

Krejci gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 18:10 of the second period. He deked around Mike Matheson to the left face-off circle, where he scored on a backhand to end Jarry’s shutout streak at 125:36. The goal was Krejci’s seventh this season but fourth in the past six games.

Marchand made it 2-0 with his 26th goal of the season at 9:11 of the third period. His initial shot bounced high off Jarry and landed for David Pastrnak, who took a wrist shot that produced another rebound for Marchand at the right post. 

Hall scored on a snap shot from the high slot to extend the lead to 3-0 at 12:18 of the third. Hall has scored four goals in nine games with Boston after scoring two in 38 games with the Buffalo Sabres. 

Carter cut it to 3-1 with a slap shot at 17:39. 

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