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Task, Bruins blank Penguins 2-0; Crosby scratched late, Malkin injured

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Steve Downie (23) works in front of Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Saturday, March 14, 2015.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

    Pittsburgh Penguins' Steve Downie (23) works in front of Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Saturday, March 14, 2015.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) takes a timeout during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh Saturday, March 14, 2015.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

    Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) takes a timeout during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh Saturday, March 14, 2015.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, left rear, watches as Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates his empty-net goal with teammates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 14, 2015. The Bruins won 2-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, left rear, watches as Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates his empty-net goal with teammates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 14, 2015. The Bruins won 2-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots and the Boston Bruins won their fifth game in a row, 2-0 over a Pittsburgh Penguins team missing Sidney Crosby and minus Evgeni Malkin for most of the game Saturday.

Crosby, the Penguins' leading scorer, was a surprise late scratch after he participated in the pregame warmup. There was no word on why the center was out.

Malkin, the team's second-leading scorer, got hurt on his first shift and did not play after the first period. There was no immediate report on the center's injury.

Milan Lucic scored in the first period and Zdeno Chara added an empty-net goal.

Boston is 7-0-1 in its past eight games.