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.
- Just past the halfway mark in the period and Mike Rupp scored his fourth goal of the season to put the Penguins on the board. He was assisted by Deryk Engelland on the play. Penguins up 1-0
- Four minutes later Kris Letang scored his seventh goal of the season while on the power play to put Pittsburgh up by two. Letang was assisted by Evgeni Malkin and Paul Martin on the goal. Penguins up 2-0
- It took the Bruins with less than four minutes left in the game to put the team’s first point on the board, and it came in a big way. Chara rocketed his sixth goal of the year from the blue line to give the B’s some momentum while on the power play. Chara was assisted by Dennis Seidenberg and Campbell on the goal. Penguins up 2-1
- 12 seconds later and things are all tied up. Marchand scored his seventh goal of the season to bring the game to a tie with a little more than three minutes in the game. Assists were given to Patrice Bergeron and Campbell on the goal. Game tied 2-2
- After the Penguins’ Jordan Staal was called for holding, Recchi and the B’s took advantage with less than a minute to go in the game. Recchi netted his eighth goal of the season while on the power play to put Boston up, and up for good. He was assisted by Michael Ryder and Seidenberg. Bruins up 3-2
- With Fleury pulled for an extra skater, Campbell was able to get the puck past Pittsburgh’s defenders and into the empty net for his fourth goal of the season. Assists were given to Blake Wheeler and Bergeron on the play. Bruins up 4-2
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.
- Boston out-shot Pittsburgh 32-to-25
- Both teams were fairly even in penalty minutes with the Bruins having a couple more, 14-to-12
- The Penguins were more aggressive on the ice as they out-hit the Bruins 39-to-26
- The Bruins took care of the faceoffs like normal with the 28-to-23 advantage
- Both teams were successful on the power play, only Boston was a little better by converting 2-of-5 opportunities and Pittsburgh 1-of-6
- The Bruins out-shot the Penguins 13-to-2 in the third period
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