Penguins shut out in Boston, still searching for first win under Mike Sullivan

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to wait another day to get their first win under new head coach Mike Sullivan.

Sullivan took over the job after Mike Johnston was fired during the weekend. So far with Sullivan behind the bench, the Penguins are 0-2 and have been outscored 7-1 in that span following a 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

Max Talbot, the former Penguin, scored what turned out to be the winning goal for Boston as he beat goalie Jeff Zatkoff over the left shoulder with a wrist shot off the rush. For Talbot, that was his first goal of the season.

Tuukka Rask stopped all 34 shots he faced for his 30th career shutout. The Penguins turned up the pressure in the second period, but Rask was up to the task with 18 saves.

Sullivan was also unsuccessful with a coach’s challenge on Boston’s second goal of the game, which was credited to Jimmy Hayes.

From the NHL Situation Room blog: “At 4:00 of the second period in the Penguins/Bruins game, video review confirmed the referee’s call on the ice that Ryan Spooner‘s shot crossed the Pittsburgh goal line prior to the net being displaced. According to Rule 78.4 “The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when at least a portion of the flexible peg(s) are still inside both the goal post and the hole in the ice”. Good goal Boston.”