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Bruins Can’t Hold Off Tough Penguins Front

Steven Kampfer #47 of the Boston Bruins skates off the ice after getting hit with a stick against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the TD Garden on January 15, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

With such a tough schedule, you wondered how long the Bruins could keep it up. After such a crazy game against Philly, Pittsburgh let the Bruins back in the game, but won in the end 3-2. Boston opened with a flurry in the first minute, but couldn’t take the quick edge. They even got a power play at 2:12 after Pittsburgh got a little aggressive after getting open ice checked, but still couldn’t score. Pittsburgh struck first yet again, at 10:57.

The Penguins took a run at Rask, and got him to slide far away from the goal before knocking the puck into the net. 13 minutes in, and Boston had a chance to tie on a two-man attack, but promptly gave away the puck. Gregory Campbell tried to get Boston back into the game by taking down Craig Adams at 15:10 with plenty of blows, but the 1st period expired without further trouble.

The 2nd didn’t start any better. Pittsburgh ricocheted the puck around Boston’s net and knocked it in for the 2-0 lead 41 seconds in. And things just got worse. Seconds after that, Steven Kampfer took a stick to the face and went down bleeding. Replays appeared to show Pascal Dupuis jerking his head back (part real, part embellishment) and knocking Zdeno Chara’s stick into Kampfer. A delayed penalty was initially called on Boston, but Dupuis got a double minor for high sticking.

Boston kept the show going on, though. At 11:28, Dennis Seidenberg put the Bruins back within one. 13 seconds later, Michael Ryder tied it at two. Ever notice how Boston keeps spotting Pittsburgh leads and then keeps coming back? This time, they did it too early, not in the 3rd. They missed a chance with a minute and a half left in the 2nd; Marc-Andre Fluery drifted behind his net after a save, but no Bruin was even close to capitalize.

With time to prepare, Pittsburgh retook the lead at 3:25 into the 3rd. Later on, Marc Savard took a rough hit and went down to the ice, dazed. Given his concussion history (I wonder who started that whole problem?), it was an anxious moment, but Savard merely returned to the bench without any noticeable damage or pain.

With just under four minutes left, and by the Pittsburgh net, a Bruin was mugged in the corner and shoved to the ice, taking a few pot shots. With a ref in the area even, nothing was called. Tough break, but Pittsburgh had already killed off a four minute penalty.

With less than 30 seconds left and their net empty, bad breaks continued. With about 22 seconds left, the puck was loose after a rebound near the Pittsburgh net; it would’ve been an easy tip-in, but no Bruin noticed the puck was loose. With 17.5 seconds left, Boston was called for a hand pass. It was kind of a questionable call, as to whether or not the hand quite made contact, but not that it mattered anyway. One final clear later and Pittsburgh came away with the win.

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game

The only fight was a good one. Both Adams and Campbell were listed at 6’0″ and 197 lbs, but Campbell just punked Adams down to the ice and wailed on him completely.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
10:57 PIT Chris Kunitz (15) Tip-In – Assists: Jordan Staal (3) & Matt Cooke (12)
2nd Period
0:41 PIT Pascal Dupuis (9) Wrist Shot – Assists: Zbynek Michalek (7) & Evgeni Malkin (21)
11:28 BOS Dennis Seidenberg (3) Slap Shot – Assists: Shawn Thornton (3) & Gregory Campbell (10)
11:41 BOS Michael Ryder (13) Snap Shot – Assists: Marc Savard (6) & Dennis Seidenberg (17)
3rd Period
3:25 PIT Jordan Staal (2) Backhand – Assists: Matt Cooke (13) & Tyler Kennedy (13)

Penalty Summary

1st Period
2:12 PIT Pascal Dupuis: Slashing – 2 min
5:20 BOS Michael Ryder: Tripping – 2 min
8:44 PIT Matt Cooke: Interference – 2 min
15:10 BOS Gregory Campbell: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
15:10 PIT Craig Adams: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
2nd Period
0:57 PIT Pascal Dupuis: Hi stick – double minor – 4 min
3rd Period
NONE

Goalie Stats

Goalie Save Total TOI
PIT Marc-Andre Fleury (W) 44/46 60:00
BOS Tuukka Rask (L) 33/36 58:43

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd Total
PIT 12 13 11 36
BOS 12 14 20 46

Game Notes:

  • Tuukka Rask is now 4-9-1 in 15 games with a 2.57 GAA and .926 SV%.
  • Steven Kampfer did not return; no update is available on his nose yet, so keep checking in.
  • Marc-Andre Fleury set a career high with 44 saves.
  • Gregory Campbell’s assist gave him 100 career points.

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