BOSTON (AP) – Jiri Slegr scored two power-play goals in a 35-second span in the first period and Patrice Bergeron had a spectacular end-to-end rush for another power-play goal in the second, leading the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

Boston, which dominated the Penguins on the power play for the second time in two weeks, is 4-0-4 in its last eight games. The Penguins had their season-best, two-game winning streak snapped.

Joe Thornton added a two goals, and Nick Boynton also scored for Boston. Mark Recchi scored two goals and Lasse Pirjeta added a goal for the Penguins.

In the Bruins’ three games against Pittsburgh this season, they have scored 6.3 goals per game; compared to 2.9 in the rest.

The Bruins jumped ahead 1-0 on Boynton’s shot from the point 28 seconds into the game. With Boston skating with a 5-on-3 advantage, Slegr then scored twice in a 35-second span to make it 3-0. The first came from near the blue line and beat goalie Sebastein Caron to the top left corner. Slegr’s next shot was almost identical, but came from the right point and again slipped inside the upper left corner.

The Bruins have 11 power-play goals at home this season, eight against Pittsburgh. They had four in the second period of a 6-3 win on Oct. 22.

Recchi’s power-play goal cut it to 3-1 late in the opening period, but the Bruins broke it open in the second.

Thornton scored into an empty net when the puck caromed out front after Caron was attempting to make a play behind the net, making 4-1 at 7:29 of the second.

Bergeron then had the goal of night, and maybe Boston’s best this season. After collecting a loose puck in his own end, he skated up the middle, pushed the puck between defenseman Ryan Whitney’s legs, collected it near the top of the crease and slipped a shot past Caron.

Thornton had a power-play goal 7:31 into the third.

Notes Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux was given an unsportsmanlike conduct minor after being called for interference in the first period. … Caron was pulled after Bergeron’s goal. … Boston defenseman Jay Leach, recalled from Providence of the AHL earlier in the day, played his first NHL game.

AP-ES-11-05-05 2136EST


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