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Bruins Fight Back, Beat Pens 7-4

Boston Bruins' Blake Wheeler celebrates his third-period goal with Mark Recchi and Michael Ryder against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bruins were down 4-2 heading into the third period before scoring five unanswered-goals en route to the 7-4 victory.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Never thought I’d see the day. Bruins getting smashed in the mouth right and left, down two goals and somehow come back to win by three? Just doesn’t seem right. After being down by two goals heading into the third period, the Pittsburgh Penguins were tossing the Bruins around all over the ice (and into the benches) and seemed to have the Bruins right where they wanted them. It’s too bad Boston learned how to score this past off-season. The Bruins ended up scoring five unanswered goals in the third period and earned the 7-4 victory Wednesday night.

After the second period, the Bruins seemed all but done in the game, but the team’s will to keep fighting really got them the victory. It wasn’t just one player who stood out either; it was the entire team that put in the effort to get the win. The Bruins are now 8-3-1 on the season while the Penguins fell to a surprising 7-8-1.

Tim Thomas started in goal for Boston and had a poor game in comparison to the way he’s been playing this season, but he still came away with the win. He gave up four goals while saving 42-of-46 shots-on-goal for his eighth win of the season (8-0-0).

On the other side of the ice was Brent Johnson in net for Pittsburgh. He did not have a very good night, as he only saved 26-of-32 shots-on-goal. Fortunately for him, it was only his second loss of the season, compared to his seven wins.

First Period

  • The Penguins got off to a quick start, as Arron Asham scored his first goal of the season just over a minute into the game. He was assisted by Evgeni Malkin and Matt Cooke on the play. Penguins up 1-0
  • In a game where six fighting major penalties were handed out, the first two came in the first period. They were given to Shawn Thornton and Eric Godard.
  • Literally two seconds after Thornton and Godard were called for fighting majors, Gregory Campbell and Maxime Talbot got into a scuffle of their own. Both players received five minutes in the box, alongside their respected teammates.
  • Boston responded to the fighting by having Mark Recchi score his first goal of the season on the power play. He was assisted by Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron. Game tied 1-1
  • With less than four minutes left in the first period, Brad Marchand netted his second goal of the season. He was unassisted on the play. Bruins up 2-1
  • Pittsburgh responded when Brooks Orpik scored his first goal of the year. He was assisted by Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Game tied 2-2

Second Period

  • A little more than six minutes into the period, Adam McQuaid and Asham get into a fight of their own, possibly the best ones of the night, as both players were pretty equally matched. Both players received five minutes for fighting majors.
  • Less than five minutes left in the period and the Penguins went on top with Chris Kunitz‘s fourth goal of the year. He was assisted by Crosby and Kris Letang. Penguins up 3-2
  • Just seconds before the period ended and after Milan Lucic was sent into the Penguins bench on a hit, Crosby netted his 10th goal of the year while on the power play. He was assisted by Letang and Alex Goligoski on the play. Penguins up 4-2

Third Period

  • The third period was all Bruins, the whole time. Nathan Horton started things off less than four minutes into the period with his seventh goal of the year to bring the game to within one goal. Horton was assisted by Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Hunwick on the play. Penguins up 4-3
  • 15 seconds later, Zdeno Chara tied things up with his third goal of the year. Assists were given to Jordan Caron and Recchi. Game tied 4-4
  • Just mid-way through the period and Thornton scored his third goal of the year (his third most in a season in his career) to give the Bruins the lead. He was assisted by McQuaid and Campbell. Bruins up 5-4
  • Four minutes later and Blake Wheeler gave the Bruins some breathing room with his second goal of the season. Assists were given to Recchi and Michael Ryder on the play. Bruins up 6-4
  • With the clock winding down and the Penguins protecting an empty net, Lucic snuck his shot pass a defender to get his seventh goal of the year and to finish off Pittsburgh. Bergeron and Horton were given assists on the empty-net goal. Bruins up 7-4

Up Next

The Bruins won’t have much rest, as they will take on the Montreal Canadiens at home Thursday night. The Canadiens currently sit atop the Northeast Division with a record of 9-5-1, just two points ahead of the Bruins. Montreal has been streaky in November thus far, as they have a record of 2-2-0 in the month, but all four games have been close. The Canadiens always put up a tough fight, so this game should be interesting.

Game Notes

  • The most surprising thing to see during this game was the amount of hits the Penguins laid on the Bruins. They out-hit Boston 35-to-17 in the game.
  • Both teams were fairly even on faceoffs won, with the Bruins winning 37 and the Penguins 34.
  • Each team was successful on one power play apiece: Bruins 1-for-3, Penguins 1-for-2.

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