The Rink Report: Pens Struggles Show With 2-1 Loss to Bruins

Written By Anthony Cugini, Sports Columnist

The Pittsburgh Penguins lost to the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Saturday, April 16.

Danton Heinen scored the only goal for the Penguins with assists coming from Teddy Blueger and Brock McGinn. With the goal on Saturday, Heinen increased his goal streak to three straight games.

Pittsburgh goaltender Casey DeSmith saved 27 of the 29 shots he faced. With Tristan Jarry out week-to-week with an injury, DeSmith may be called upon to begin the playoffs.

Before the loss to the Bruins, Pittsburgh took down the New York Islanders by a score of 6-3. Jake Guentzel led the way for the Pens with two goals and two assists. Sidney Crosby also added a goal and two assists of his own. 

Pittsburgh was clicking on all cylinders against New York as they played well in every part of the game. As the offense put up six goals, Tristan Jarry put up a great game as well by saving 36 of the 39 shots he faced. Jarry’s performance came just before he was ruled week to week with a broken bone in his foot.

The Penguins sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division with the Capitals just three points behind them. Time also favors Washington as the Capitals have played two less games than the Pens. It seems as if the Penguins won’t have home ice advantage in the first round as they sit seven points behind the New York Rangers for second place with just five games remaining.

The Penguins will look to get back on track on Thursday with another game against the Bruins. Hopefully the five-day break can give Pittsburgh time to get back on track as the season nears its end.