The boston bruins defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Monday in a thrilling comeback victory to claim the 14th annual Winter Classic in front of a crowd of more than 39,000 fans in a transformed Fenway Park.
Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk tied the game early in the third period, but just 10 minutes later he would score the game-winner on assists from Taylor Hall and David Krejci, marking his 16th goal of the season.
With an empty net and a five-game losing streak on the line, the Penguins he won a matchup with just over 10 seconds remaining.
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Veteran striker Evgeni Malkin slotted one into the back of the net, but time expired just as he took his shot.
Pittsburgh forward Kasperi Kapanen put the Penguins on the board first at 8:40, scoring his sixth goal of the season on Danton Heinen’s pass from behind the net.
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But Linus Ullmark held off the Penguins’ offense, recording 25 saves for Boston.
«There’s a fine line between winning and losing. It all comes down to fine details,» Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. «There were momentum swings on both sides in every period.»
Twice NHL All-Stars, Tristan Jarry, came off near the end of the third period with an apparent injury. He made eight saves before being replaced by Casey DeSmith, who finished the day with 19 saves.
The NHL-leading Bruins improved to 19-0-3 and are now 9-0-3 in their last 11 games.
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Monday marked the Bruins’ fifth outdoor game and fourth appearance in the Winter Classic. They previously won in 2010 and most recently in 2019 against the Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium.