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Boston Bruins right wing Nathan Horton (18) can't get the puck past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The Penguins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
The Penguins played their second straight game without reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin, out for at least a week with an undisclosed upper body injury. Pittsburgh hardly missed him in a 6-1 romp over the New York Islanders on Sunday, but Boston presented a significantly tougher test.
Still, the Penguins continued to show a flair for the dramatic. Though Crosby saw his eight-game point streak snapped, Pittsburgh continued to find a way to win close games.
Five of the Penguins' six victories during their current run have come by one goal, though this one proved by far the most surprising of them all.
"I think in the second and third we definitely got to our game and we believed if we kept going we were going to get our chances," Crosby said. "It took awhile but we stuck with it and it was nice to get rewarded for that."
NOTES: In addition to Malkin, the Penguins also scratched defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Simon Despres. ... Boston scratched center Chris Kelly, who sustained a lower body injury in a win over Ottawa on Monday night. The Bruins also sat winger Lane MacDermid and defenseman Aaron Johnson. ... Boston hosts Florida on Thursday while the Penguins travel to Toronto.