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Might as well take advantage when possible. For the Bruins, they were able to capitalize on a Pittsburgh Penguins team that was lacking Sidney Crosby. How did they do it you may ask? The same way they got beat just two nights earlier against the Montreal Canadiens. Down by two goals late in the third period, Boston was able to score two quick goals by Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand in a matter of 12 seconds. Follow that up with a power play goal by Mark Recchi and then an empty net goal for Gregory Campbell and the Bruins come away with the 4-2 victory, all while being down the entire game. Not too shabby if I say so myself. Maybe now they will build off the victory and start to win some games again.
With the win the Bruins improved to 22-12-7 on the season, good for 51 points. Boston still leads the Northeast Division by two points over Montreal. The Penguins fell to 26-14-4 (56 points) but are 0-2-1 with Crosby out of action due to a concussion. Pittsburgh remains one point behind the Philadelphia Flyers for first in the Atlantic Division.
Starting in goal for the Bruins was Tuukka Rask,who has now started three of the past four games, was able to come away with his fourth win of the season. Rask stopped 23-of-25 shots-on-goal. He is now 4-8-1 but does have an impressive GAA of 2.57 and a save percentage of 92.8%.
If it wasn’t for Marc-Andre Fleury in goal for the Pens, the game probably would’ve been a lot closer a lot earlier. Fleury stopped 28-of-31 shots-on-goal but saw his record dip a little bit to 18-11-2 on the year.
The Bruins don’t have much time off as they head home to take on the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night. The Senators are currently 16-20-6 and have lost five straight, so hopefully the Bruins can take advantage of the struggling team and put together back-to-back wins.