Bruins 3, Penguins 2
Bruins 3, Penguins 2
Mar. 18, 2000
BOSTON (AP) _ The Boston Bruins played their first home game since 1979 without Ray Bourque on their roster and beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Since the trade, both sides seem to have benefited from the trade. In five games with Colorado, Bourque has four power-play goals and two assists and has led the Avalanche to a 4-0-1 record.
The Bruins snapped a six-game home winless streak and are 3-2 in their last five, but have eight points in those games.
The Penguins had two outstanding chances to tie the game in the last 15 seconds on shots by Martin Straka and Janne Laukkanen, but Bruins goaltender John Grahame made glove saves on both attempts
Cameron Mann and Eric Nickulas gave Boston a 2-0 lead when they scored 4:46 apart in the first period. The Bruins outshot the Penguins 13-2 in the period.
Mann scored his fifth goal of the season at 11:18, wristing a shot over the shoulder of Penguins goaltender Ron Tugnutt. Tugnutt was making his first start for Pittsburgh since being acquired from Ottawa for Tom Barrasso.
Jaromir Jagr is expected to return on Sunday in Pittsburgh against the New York Rangers after missing 12 games. The Penguins are 4-10-3 overall without Jagr this season and have one goal in their last 25 power-play opportunities.
Tyler Wright cut the deficit to 2-1 midway through the second period when his slap shot beat Grahame.
Kyle McLaren increased the lead to 3-1 with two seconds remaining in the second period when his slap shot beat Tugnutt, who had fallen.
The Bruins have scored 17 goals in their last four games and have beaten the Penguins four straight at home.
Grahame made 23 saves for the Bruins.
Matthew Barnaby scored at 3:48 of the third period to narrow the deficit to 3-2. Barnaby then taunted the crowd after getting booed earlier when fighting with Bruins defenseman Hal Gill.
Tugnutt made 28 saves for the Penguins, who have scored more than three goals only once in the last 18 games.