BSJ Game Report: Bruins 7, Penguins 5 – Marchand’s hat trick, top stars do heavy lifting against Penguins

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’  7-5 win over the Penguins in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

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B's big guns step up

With another potential lopsided loss to the red-hot Penguins brewing after a muted opening period of play, Boston's tried-and-true veterans and offensive conduits orchestrated an offensive outburst that helped a laboring club to stay afloat in the East Division standings on Saturday afternoon.

Brad Marchand tallied a hat trick and David Pastrnak found the back of the net twice in what ultimately a 7-5 win over the Penguins that devolved into a slugfest for most of the final 40 minutes of action.

For the first time since March 23, 2019, the Bruins lit the lamp five times in a single period, with Marchand (two goals in 20 minutes), Patrice Bergeron (one goal), Pastrnak (one goal) and David Krejci (one goal) all bringing the B's back to life and overcoming a pair of deficits in the second frame.

Twice in the third period, the Penguins made it a one-goal game off of tallies from Cody Ceci and Sidney Crosby, but both times Boston answered back – with Pastrnak cashing in on a 2-on-1 sequence with Nick Ritchie at 13:28 in the third and Marchand capping off his hat trick with an empty-net strike at 18:59.

It was far from an easy win — and almost all of the scoring was once again supplemented by the top six and top pairing of Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk — but as we said earlier this week following a victory over the Devils, two points are two points, and an offensive outburst is a welcome development for a team that has far too often found its forward corps stuck in neutral, especially during even-strength play.

Carlo listed as week-to-week

An already decimated and slumping D corps got even more bad news ahead of Saturday's game, as Brandon Carlo is officially designated as "week to week" going forward due to an upper-body injury. It is important to note that Bruce Cassidy said postgame that Carlo's injury is actually not related to the severe concussion he suffered off of a hit from Tom Wilson back on March 5, but rather a new injury altogether.

While it's good news that this isn't a serious set-back in regards to lingering effects from a concussion, Boston is still going to be without Carlo for what could be a lengthy amount of time down the stretch —  potentially pushing an already taxed B's blue line to a breaking point.