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Bruins Can’t Hold Lead

  • Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) celebrates his goal with teammate Patrice Bergeron (37) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) celebrates his goal with teammate Patrice Bergeron (37) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) celebrates his goal with teammate Patrice Bergeron (37) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) celebrates his goal with teammate Patrice Bergeron (37) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin (7) collides with Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin (35) and Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin (7) collides with Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin (35) and Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) can't stop a first-period goal by Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) can't stop a first-period goal by Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) can't stop a first-period goal by Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) can't stop a first-period goal by Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates his first-period goal with Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates his first-period goal with Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates his first-period goal with Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates his first-period goal with Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates his first-period goal with left wing Brad Marchand (63) during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates his first-period goal with left wing Brad Marchand (63) during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates his first-period goal with left wing Brad Marchand (63) during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates his first-period goal with left wing Brad Marchand (63) during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) celebrates his goal with teammate Patrice Bergeron (37) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  • Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) celebrates his goal with teammate Patrice Bergeron (37) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin (7) collides with Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin (35) and Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) can't stop a first-period goal by Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) can't stop a first-period goal by Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates his first-period goal with Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates his first-period goal with Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates his first-period goal with left wing Brad Marchand (63) during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates his first-period goal with left wing Brad Marchand (63) during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh — Brandon Sutter scored twice in the final seven minutes to cap a furious rally and the Pittsburgh Penguins slipped past the Boston Bruins 3-2 last night.

Chris Kunitz started Pittsburgh’s third-period surge with his 18th goal of the season and Sutter beat Boston’s Anton Khudobin twice in less than four minutes, including the game-winner with 2:03 remaining.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 14 shots for the Penguins, who broke loose late against the NHL’s best defensive team in winning their sixth straight.

Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin scored first-period goals for the Bruins. Khudobin made 31 saves and the Bruins kept Pittsburgh’s high-powered offense in check until the final minutes of a matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s best teams.

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 NHL leading scorer Sidney 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.

Boston controlled the first 50-plus minutes of the game and appeared poised to send the Penguins to their first home shutout in two years.

It all changed quickly. Kunitz revived Pittsburgh’s hopes with a wrist shot from the right circle to pull the Penguins within one with 6:18 left in regulation. Sutter, who has been solid if not spectacular in his first season with Pittsburgh after being acquired in a trade for Jordan Staal last summer, then drew the Penguins even 51 seconds later with a wrist shot from the left side.

The Bruins, content to pack it in defensively after taking an early lead, couldn’t regain their footing. Sutter capped the comeback with another wrist shot for his second goal of the night and eighth of the season to give Pittsburgh perhaps its biggest victory of the year.

It was a stunning collapse for Boston, which ran out of gas while playing its third game in four nights.

The Penguins have been the best first-period team in the NHL, pouring in a league-leading 33 goals in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins and their suffocating forecheck put an end to all that. Pittsburgh found little room to maneuver against the league’s stingiest defense, while Boston took advantage of the few opportunities it created.

Notes: 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 tomorrow, while the Penguins travel to Toronto.