Bruins Edge Penguins 4-3 in Black Friday Matinee


David Pastrnak scored the game-winning goal early in the third to seal the 4-3 win against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, good for their fourth-straight win.

Anton Khudobin, who made his fourth-consecutive start, remained undefeated in regulation as he improved to 7-0-2 on the season.

Boston jumped out to an early 2-0 with goals coming from David Krejci and Sean Kuraly and took that lead into the second period.

The Pens cut the B’s lead in half on a power play goal before defender and Charlestown, Massachusetts native Matt Grzelcyk scored his first-career NHL goal with just over nine minutes remaining in the second.

Before the period ended, old friend Phil Kessel brought his team within one goal once again before Sidney Crosby tied the game at three on a questionable goal.

It looked as if the puck did not cross the line before the referee blew the whistle to stop play. After a lengthy review, it was indeed ruled a goal before Boston head coach Bruce Cassidy called for a challenge.

Another review and multiple replays later, it looked as if the goal would be overturned due to not only the whistle being blown, but goalie interference. However, the goal stood and the game was now tied at three.

With just under 15 minutes left in the final period of play, Pastrnak found himself on the breakaway and found the back of the net to light the lamp and break the tie and put Boston up for good 4-3.

With the win, Boston improved to 10-7-4 while Pittsburgh fell to 11-10-3. The Bruins are now in third place in the Atlantic Division.

Fun fact: Grzelcyk is the seventh Bruin to score his first NHL goal this season. He joins Jake DeBrusk, Peter Cehlarik, Anders Bjork, Danton Heinen, Kuraly and Charlie McAvoy.

Campbell’s three stars:

3) Jake DeBrusk – in five games since he was a healthy scratch, DeBrusk has made a difference on the ice with two goals, six points and 18 shots on goal. He had an assist on Krejci’s goal in the victory this afternoon.

2) Anton Khudobin – he collected his seventh win of the season and made some big saves in this game to keep the Bruins in it.

1) David Pastrnak – he scored his team-leading 11 goal of the season, which just so happened to be game-winner over the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

What’s ‘Bruin’ next:

The Bruins remain at home as they welcome the Edmonton Oilers (8-12-2) to the Garden ice on Sunday afternoon.

Puck drop is slated for 5 p.m.