BOSTON -- It was a battle of back-up goaltenders, and a somewhat meaningless game for the Bruins on Tuesday night at the TD Garden, and the Pittsburgh Penguins walked away with a 5-3 win in the process.
But the B's may have lost more than just the game, as defenseman Johnny Boychuk collided with Penguins forward Arron Asham in the third period, and was helped off the ice and to the dressing room with an apparent lower-body injury.
Rich Peverley helped Boston cut Pittsburgh's lead to 5-3 about a minute after Boychuk left the game, but it was too little, too late.
Arron Asham's re-direction past Marty Turco, 6:15 into the third period put the Penguins up 5-3, after they went into the third with a 4-2 lead, thanks to a pair of power-play goals in the final two minutes of the second.
Daniel Paille and Rich Peverley drew two-minute penalties nine seconds apart, and Pittsburgh took advantage, as James Neal gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead with 1:49 left in the period, which was followed by Sidney Crosby's second goal of the game, with 1:01 left in the period.
The Bruins began the second by tying the game at 2-2, just 18 seconds in, after Milan Lucic finished a behind-the-back pass out front by David Krejci.
Pittsburgh initially took a 2-0 lead in the first period, thanks to goals from Crosby and Paul Martin.
Crosby sniped the top-right corner from the lower-left circle, after Pascal Dupuis knocked a loose puck out front to him. Martin then finished a juicy rebound that came out to him in the slot as he skated hard to the net, with 5:02 left in the first.
Benoit Pouliot gave the Bruins some life, late in the opening period, as he flipped a backhander over the left shoulder of Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson with 3:03 remaining. It helped give the Bruins a spark, but not enough spark to get a point on this night.