Late rally allows Bruins to stun Pens
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:06 AM
The ageless Mark Recchi helped the Boston Bruins
complete an improbable rally on Monday night.
Recchi scored the third of the Bruins' four goals in the final 3 1/2 minutes to cap their second frantic rally in two visits to Pittsburgh, and Boston beat the Sidney Crosby
-less Penguins 4-2 at Consol Energy Center.
The comeback win, the second victory by Boston in six games, came after the Bruins squandered a 2-0 lead with 2 1/2 minutes left Saturday and lost 3-2 in overtime to Montreal.
"In hockey, those things happen and usually over the course of the year you win some and lose some that way," said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask
, who made 23 saves. "Back-to-back situations like this, it doesn't usually happen. But we made it happen."
added an empty-netter and set up two goals during a rally similar to one when Boston trailed 4-2 in Pittsburgh on Nov. 10 before scoring five goals in the third to win 7-4.
"We knew we could do it and we believed in ourselves," said Recchi, who turns 43 on Feb. 1. "Coach (Claude Julien) had a talk with us before about how he believes in us and how we should we believe we're a good hockey club. We have to believe in ourselves. We have to believe we're a good team. We've got to build. We've got 41 (games) left."
Pittsburgh is 0-2-1 without Crosby, who is out with a concussion. The timing of his return is uncertain.
Crosby, the NHL's leading scorer, is out following hits to the head by Washington's David Steckel and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman in consecutive games.
"We miss him a lot - he's the best player in the league," Penguins defenseman Kris Letang
said. "Obviously, we want him back in the lineup. But it's not a reason to blow a 2-0 lead."
Bruins center Marc Savard
played in Pittsburgh for the first time since sustaining a concussion during a devastating blindside hit by Matt Cooke
on March 7 that forced Savard to sit out 43 games.
Savard took Boston's first penalty for slashing Evgeni Malkin
in the first period. In the second, Savard absorbed a hard hit from Brooks Orpik
moments after making a pass from behind the net. Savard thought it should have been a penalty, and took a retaliatory roughing penalty following a multiple-player scrum.
scored a power-play goal on slap shot from the right point to start the rally at 16:37, and Brad Marchand
scored 12 seconds later to tie it.
After Jordan Staal
drew a holding penalty, Recchi gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead with his 200th power-play goal, putting in a rebound of Dennis Seidenberg
's short wrist shot from in front.
"Frustrating," Fleury said. "It was tough at the end there, there's not much time left and they kept coming at us. It's tough to let that one go."
Mike Rupp and Letang had put Pittsburgh ahead 2-0 with goals in the second period, and Marc-Andre Fleury
was working on his second shutout of the season until the game turned dramatically. Boston scored only one fewer goal during its late surge than it did in its previous three games combined.
With Recchi off for tripping, Letang made it 2-0 at 15:12 with a slap shot through traffic from the left point.
"We talked about it right before the third period, how we had a similar two-goal lead the last time they played here," said Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik
, whose boarding penalty led to Chara's goal." We said to not give up any 2-on-1s, and I think we gave up at least three. It could be more."
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.