PITTSBURGH Things are getting bleaker and more difficult for a Bruins team thats trying to make it through the NHL grind intact.
The Bruins lost one of their games in hand over the Ottawa Senators and dropped another black-and-blue decision in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins that saw three more players go down with injury at the CONSOL Energy Center.
Now the Bruins lead the Sens by only two points with just two games in hand as Ottawa continues to threaten the Bs in the Northeast Division.
Patrice Bergeron, Adam McQuaid and Max Sauve were all lost at different points during the game and the depleted Bs unit couldnt overcome a three-goal deficit in the first period that doomed them to defeat.
David Krejci powered a gutsy Bs comeback with a pair of goals in the second period that got Boston back into the game, but Pens top line players James Neal and Evgeni Malkin simply did too much damage.
The two goals allowed Krejci to cross over the 20-goal plateau for the first time since his 73-point season during the 2008-09 campaign.
Arron Asham set the tone with an early goal that got things going Pittsburghs way when a blocked shot hopped right onto his stick, and the MalkinNeal combo helped create two more goals before the period was over.
Bruins coach Claude Julien opted to pull Tim Thomas in favor of Marty Turco for the second period, and Turco only gave up one goal the rest of the way while making a solid debut for Boston. But a Penguins team thats won nine games in a row is playing far too well to be caught by a Bruins team simply looking for a foothold. Pascal Dupuis added the insurance strike for the Penguins that officially ended all hope for Boston in the third period.