Rask had 34 saves as the goaltender now trails Tim Thomas by one for
third place on the Bruins' all-time shutouts list. It was the fourth
perfect game of the season for Rask, who has nine consecutive games
with a point, going 7-0-2 during that span.
Boston (17-9-4) has won three of its last four games and improved to
4-4 in December.
Jeff Zatkoff made 25 saves in net for Pittsburgh (15-12-3), which
lost its third game in a row and has dropped five of its last six.
Zatkoff started in place of the injured Marc-Andre Fleury, who
suffered a concussion during Monday's game and will be sidelined one
to two weeks.
The Penguins failed to earn their first win under new coach Mike
Sullivan, who replaced fired Mike Johnston on Sunday. Sullivan, who
played and coached in Boston, suffered a 4-1 defeat against the
Washington Capitals on Monday in his debut on the Pittsburgh bench.
Talbot netted his first goal with the Bruins at 9:52 of the first
period, sending a wrister from the right circle past Zatkoff to give
Boston a 1-0 lead. Hayes was credited with an assist after his
neutral-zone hit to Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin, which forced
a costly giveaway.
Hayes' fifth goal of the season doubled Boston's lead four minutes
into the middle frame, as the puck deflected into the net off the
charging forward on a pass from Spooner.
Sullivan challenged the call, citing goaltender interference, but
the referees upheld the goal.
Minutes later, Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid left the game after
taking a Dumoulin slap shot to the face. McQuaid instantly fell to
the ice, but got up after a few moments and skated off the ice to
the dressing room. He returned to the bench in the closing minutes
of the period.
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Spooner sealed the victory with an empty-net power-play goal with
2:43 left in the third, his eighth of the campaign.
NOTES: Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan was 70-56-23-15 in two seasons
as Boston's coach. The Marshfield, Mass., native also played for the
Bruins in 1997-98. ... Penguins D Trevor Daley, acquired in the
trade that sent D Rob Scuderi to the Chicago Blackhawks, said he
requested the deal. "I don't know that I got the opportunity to even
know that I couldn't fit into the system," Daley told Yahoo! Sports.
... Pittsburgh C Nick Bonino (illness) did not play. ... The
Penguins recalled G Matt Murray and Fs Conor Sheary and Kevin Porter
from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday after placing D Kris
Letang and F Beau Bennett on injured reserve. ... Boston recalled C
Alexander Khokhlachev from AHL Providence. "The few games that he
played here I thought he competed hard, worked hard," Bruins coach
Claude Julien said. ... Bruins F Zac Rinaldo (upper body injury) was
placed on injured reserve Monday.
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