Rapid reaction: Penguins 3, Bruins 2

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins almost did it again against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Bruins erased a two-goal deficit by scoring a pair of goals 13 seconds apart in the second period Saturday afternoon, but the Penguins netted the eventual game-winning goal early in the third and held on for a 3-2 victory at TD Garden.

The teams played Monday in Pittsburgh and the Bruins erased a two-goal deficit in the third period and then embarrassed the Penguins en route to a 4-2 victory. The Penguins did not allow that to happen again Saturday.

After the Penguins took a 2-0 lead on goals by Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, the Bruins’ Dennis Seidenberg and Michael Ryder tied the game with goals at 11:28 and 11:41 of the second period. Pittsburgh’s Jordan Stall netted a goal at 3:25 of the third that proved to be the game-winner to snap Boston’s three-game winning streak.

PRESSURE COOKER: The Penguins’ Matt Cooke will forever be a wanted man in Boston. Everyone in New England hockey country knows he’s the one who landed a blindsided hit on Bruins forward Marc Savard that resulted in a Grade 2 concussion on March 7, 2010 in Pittsburgh. Every time he touches the puck during a game at the Garden, Cooke gets booed. Even on the ice, Bruins players take liberties any chance they get. In fact, twice during Saturday’s game Cooke was asked to drop the gloves, by the Bruins’ Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk, and both times Cooke skated away.

SCARY MOMENT: With 12:50 remaining in the third period, Savard controlled the puck in the offensive zone when he took a hit from the Penguins’ Deryk Engelland and went head-first into the boards. Savard remained on the ice, holding his head and needed to be attended to. The fans in the building were quiet and, fortunately, he made it to the bench on his own and continued to play.

A BLOODY SATURDAY: Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer was hit in the face by a high stick early in the second period and needed to be attended to by team trainer Don DelNegro. There was a lot of blood on the ice and the rookie did not return. The Bruins earned a four-minute power play on the infraction but did not capitalize and registered only three shots.

CREAMY SOUP: Bruins forward Gregory Campbell isn’t afraid to drop the gloves and he proved that again Saturday afternoon when he went toe-to-toe with the Penguins’ Craig Adams in the first period. Campbell connected on a few rapid-fire punches, and when it ended, Adams went to the box and Campbell went the Bruins’ locker room.

M*A*S*H UNIT: The Bruins were without forward Milan Lucic and defenseman Andrew Ference on Saturday afternoon against the Penguins. Both recently suffered upper-body injuries. It was the third game Lucic has missed and it was Ference’s first with their respective injuries. Bruins coach Claude Julien said both are progressing.

“Good,” Julien said before the game. “Progressing as we had hoped and they’re day-to-day.”

Lucic and rehabbing defenseman Mark Stuart (broken finger) skated at the Garden on Saturday morning.

UP NEXT: The Bruins will host the Carolina Hurricanes in a matinee game at 1 p.m. ET on Monday at the Garden.