Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Penguins-Bruins, 1st Ld-Writethru,662

Penguins-Bruins, 1st Ld-Writethru,662

Boston Bruins forward David Krecji grabbed his fourth career hat trick Thursday night in an 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Bruins scored eight goals in a game for the first time since beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-0 on March 19, 2012.

The game ended with dominant possession numbers for Boston as the Bruins had a CF% of 64.91 percent and Pittsburgh with 35.09 percent.

Krug's 11th of the season gave the Bruins their second five-goal period of the season (they also did it on January 6, in a 7-1 win over the Hurricanes), but the scoring didn't stop there.

"That first period, I thought we were playing with white pucks", said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who stopped 22 shots. Boston led 2-1 before the three-minute mark, 3-1 after six minutes and 5-2 with just under four minutes to play in the first before Riley Sheahan scored with 4 seconds to play in the period.

Pucks started hitting the back of the nets from the opening seconds of the first period, and didn't stop until the last.

Boston had goals scored by David Krejci, David Pastrnak, Rick Nash, David Backes and Torey Krug.

The Bruins have won back-to-back games since the trade deadline, when they acquired Rick Nash and Tommy Wingels and signed Team USA Olympic captain Brian Gionta.

"I'm obviously happy to be on his line", said Krejci, in reference to his teammate Nash, who assisted his first goal. Ex-Bruin Phil Kessel scored the other goal for the Penguins, who lost their third in a row. Tristan Jarry came in to replace him, but nothing could help this worn out Penguins defense.

"Being in Montreal I've had some battles with the Bruins but it is great to be with them", said Gionta, a former All-American and NCAA champion at Boston College.

NOTES: Gionta, who made his season debut after playing in the Olympics, assisted on Boston's fourth goal in the first period for his 300th National Hockey League assist. Pastrnak's 23rd of the year (2:53) was only his second in the last 12 games, and was the result of several favorable bounces after his initial shot was blocked in the low slot. The Bruins were without Patrice Bergeron, who will miss at least two weeks with a broken bone in his foot.

Their next game is this Saturday where the will face off the New York Islanders at home.

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