The Penguins increased their winning streak to nine games with a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins today at Consol Energy Center.
It also was their seventh home win in a row and their fifth win in a row against Boston.
The Penguins played most of the game without defenseman Kris Letang, who apparently got hurt late in the first period. There was no immediate update on him.
The Penguins took a 1-0 lead on Sidney Crosby's goal from the inner edge of the right circle at 12:06 of the first period. He threaded the puck between a lunging goaltender Tuukka Rask and defenseman Zdeno Chara.
That came seconds after Crosby nearly scored on a slick play when he outmaneuvered Chara and Johnny Boychuk as he moved down the slot, but Rask stopped that Crosby shot with his right pad.
Tyler Seguin tied it, 1-1, for Boston at 16:38 of the first period. A shot by Boychuk hit teammate Patrice Bergeron's skate and deflected to Seguin near the bottom of the left circle. The deflection left goaltender Tomas Vokoun leaning the wrong way, and Seguin had a half-empty net.
Joe Vitale's first goal in 38 games, dating to Feb. 26, 2012, gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead with 31.8 seconds left in the first period. He pounced on a rebound of a shot by Craig Adams and lifted it past Rask.
The Penguins' next game is Tuesday against Washington at home.
Shelly Anderson: email@example.com, 412-263-1721 or Twitter @pgshelly. First Published March 17, 2013 7:15 PM