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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.
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.
|10:57||PIT||Chris Kunitz (15) Tip-In – Assists: Jordan Staal (3) & Matt Cooke (12)|
|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)|
|3:25||PIT||Jordan Staal (2) Backhand – Assists: Matt Cooke (13) & Tyler Kennedy (13)|
|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|
|0:57||PIT||Pascal Dupuis: Hi stick – double minor – 4 min|
|PIT||Marc-Andre Fleury (W)||44/46||60:00|
|BOS||Tuukka Rask (L)||33/36||58:43|