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Bruins get five in third to beat Penguins 7-4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Bruins get five in third to beat Penguins 7-4
Boston Bruins 7, Pittsburgh Penguins 4

The Boston Bruins saved the best for last.

Mark Recchi had a goal and assisted on two of Boston's five third-period goals Wednesday night as the Bruins stunned the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 7-4 victory at the Consol Energy Center.

Boston entered the third period facing a 4-2 deficit, but the Bruins bombarded Brent Johnson in the final 20 minutes. Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara scored 15 seconds apart over the first 4:04 to tie it, Shawn Thornton was credited with the winner with 7:20 to play, Blake Wheeler scored with 3:47 left and Milan Lucic added an empty-netter. Fifteen of Boston's 18 skaters had at least a point.

Tim Thomas made a season-high 42 saves to improve to 8-0-0 for the Bruins, who are now 6-1-0 on the road this season, They had lost their previous two games after winning seven of eight.

"Obviously, ideally we don't want to put ourselves in the situations where we've got to come back like that," said Thomas, who extended a franchise record by winning his eighth consecutive decision to start a season. "But if we're in (that situation) we know we're not out of it."

Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists for the Penguins, who have lost six of their past eight and are now just 2-5-0 in their new home.

"We made big mistakes (in the third); that basically was what it was," Crosby said. "It's not like we gave them a ton of chances, but the ones we did were big ones, and they capitalized on them all. We got into playing some pretty risky hockey, and we paid for it."

Pittsburgh took a two-goal lead on goals by Chris Kunitz and Crosby over the final 4:16 of the second period. Crosby moved into a tie for second on the NHL goal list when he was credited with his 10th on what was intended to be a pass across the slot, but deflected off of Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart and past Thomas during the final minute of the second.

Then the Bruins flipped the switch.

"We said in the locker room (during the second intermission), 'We still have an opportunity to win this game,"' Wheeler said. "It speaks to what we have in the room that guys know it's never over until it's over. It certainly helps to get one early because it gives you some confidence, and we took it from there."

Horton scored his seventh of the season 3:49 into the period on a turnaround wrist shot from low in the left-wing circle. Chara's seventh was a one-timer from the slot while on a 3-on-2.

Thornton had his second in three games when he collected a puck at his own blue line, carried it down the right wing and beat Johnson high to the glove side.

"The talk in our dressing room going out for the third period was managing the puck and playing the right way," Pens coach Dan Bylsma said. "(Boston) started coming hard and they took advantage of some miscues on our part."

Arron Asham and Brooks Orpik also scored for the Penguins during the first period, and Brad Marchand had his second of the season during the first period for the Bruins.

Asham's goal 1:05 into the game was his first as a Penguin, and Orpik's was his first of the season and ninth of his 459-game career.

The 42-year-old Recchi, who began his career in Pittsburgh 22 years ago, scored his the first goal of the season and 564th of his career.

"I think for the third period, for sure, and for parts of the rest of the game, the guys really kind of came together and tried to do it by committee," Thornton said. "Every line chipped in, and you're going to need that when you're missing a guy like (David) Krejci."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
Arron Asham (1) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (7), Matt Cooke (5)
1 - 0 PIT
PPG - Mark Recchi (1) ASST: Tyler Seguin (3), Patrice Bergeron (5)
1 - 1 Tie
Brad Marchand (2) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 BOS
Brooks Orpik (1) ASST: Evgeni Malkin (8), Sidney Crosby (11)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
Chris Kunitz (4) ASST: Kris Letang (11), Sidney Crosby (12)
3 - 2 PIT
PPG - Sidney Crosby (10) ASST: Alex Goligoski (7), Kris Letang (12)
4 - 2 PIT
3rd Period
Nathan Horton (7) ASST: Dennis Seidenberg (6), Matt Hunwick (2)
4 - 3 PIT
Zdeno Chara (3) ASST: Jordan Caron (1), Mark Recchi (7)
4 - 4 Tie
Shawn Thornton (3) ASST: Gregory Campbell (3), Adam McQuaid (1)
5 - 4 BOS
Blake Wheeler (2) ASST: Mark Recchi (8), Michael Ryder (6)
6 - 4 BOS
EN - Milan Lucic (6) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (6), Nathan Horton (6)
7 - 4 BOS
Power Play Stats
Power Plays1/31/2
Power Play %17.8%19.3%
% on Road14.7%16.4%
% at Home21.2%22.0%
League Rank18th10th
penalty summary
1st Period
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Godard
Eric Godard  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
Gregory Campbell  Fighting (maj) against  Max Talbot
Max Talbot  Fighting (maj) against  Gregory Campbell
Kris Letang  Hooking against  Patrice Bergeron
Arron Asham  Tripping against  Nathan Horton
2nd Period
Adam McQuaid  Fighting (maj) against  Arron Asham
Arron Asham  Fighting (maj) against  Adam McQuaid
Brooks Orpik  Interference against  Michael Ryder
Jordan Caron  Hooking against  Mark Letestu
3rd Period
Gregory Campbell  Slashing against  Evgeni Malkin
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
SA: 46TOI: 60:00
Saves: 42EV: 40 - 43
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1
Brent Johnson
SA: 32TOI: 59:06
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .813SH: 2 - 2
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