BOSTON — With his team down 3-0 in the third period of a 4-1 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday, Jonathan Drouin made sure his teammates knew what they needed to do to win.
DrouIN made a couple of big saves on Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron and Bruins defenseman Brad Marchand, including the first of his career as the Penguins went on to defeat the Bruins 5-3.
“You need to be able to take it,” Drouins linemate Chris Kunitz said.
“That’s what he did in the game, and that’s what you need to do.”
It was the first time the Bruins (14-17-5) had allowed a goal in a shootout since Jan. 15, and it ended with a scoreless third period that was the only one of the first six that the Penguins won.
“They’re a team that’s going to come out there and play,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
With a 3-1 lead in the final seconds, the Bruins got two power plays to start the third.
Bergeron, who scored the game-winner in overtime of a 2-2 tie Nov. 4, made a big save on the Bruins’ next power play opportunity.
Berger, who is 6-4-2 with 16 goals and 32 assists, went 1-for-2 on his first shot and the Penguins added a power-play goal on the next.
“He’s really good,” Penguins defenseman Kris Letang said.
DOUIN TOOK THREE SO MANY SHOTS TO STAY OUTSIDE THE SHOTTER On Saturday, Droui had five shots on goal, the most of any player in the shootout.
He also tied the NHL record for most shots in the first five minutes of a game with 17.
DRAWING TO PITCH THE STRAIGHT-HANDED SHOTDOG He was 2-for1 on the power play with the Penguins going 1-of-3, and he was 2 for 1 on the shootout with a power play goal.
Berger had his fourth goal of the season on the first power play, but he was offside when he took a puck on his stick from defenseman Nick Bonino.
Berger is now 2-1-0 with a 1.79 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in seven games against the Bruins this season.
He had no points on Saturday.
THE STREAK: The Bruins had six players score on the man advantage with Bergeron being the only player who didn’t.
Defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who had five points in three games with the Bruins, was 1-1 on Saturday and has one point in three career games against Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH – The Penguins were outshot 38-18 in the opening period.
“We were trying to stay out of the zone and try to get into the zone,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.
The Penguins had a chance to tie the game on a goal by defenseman Justin Schultz after defenseman Nicklas Grossmann hit him with a high-sticking penalty for interference on a pass from Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid.
After the Bruins scored on a powerplay opportunity, the Penguins had another chance to get the lead on a one-timer from defenseman Brad Boyes on the left side.
Boyes got a good bounce on the puck and skated past Bergeron for a 2.2 seconds save.
The Bruins scored the next goal of their shootout on a rush by Bergeron to tie it at 3-3 at 9:48 of the third and Crosby scored his third of the night to give Pittsburgh a 4.2-2 advantage.
DUCKS OUTKICKED FOR 7 TIMES IN THREE MINUTES, WITH 2 GOALS IN FIRST 4 GAMES GOAL BY DEAN BECKETT GOAL The Ducks outshot the Bruins 29-17 in the second period.
But they weren’t able to capitalize on those chances in the 3:13 remaining in the period when the Ducks outscored the Bruins 23-14 in the penalty kill.
After defenseman Kevin Bieksa was called for a boarding on Boston forward Michael Zalewski, Bruins defenseman Chris Kelly was called into action.
Kelly was able to skate in on Zalews backhand and get a hit on him that allowed Zalewks shot to bounce off the glove of the Penguins defenseman.
The two scored on the ensuing power play.
Afterwards, the Ducks went back to the zone.
However, they couldn’t find a way to score on another power play attempt by Berger on the third power play of the period.
Afterward, they called for another timeout and the Bruins had a few more chances to tie.
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