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Bruins beat Penguins 7-6 in overtime

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
PITTSBURGH – Welcome to the new NHL. Glen Murray had four points (2 goals, 2 assists), including the game winner in overtime, as the Bruins battled back to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-6 Saturday night. Hannu Toivonen, making his NHL debut, also picked up his first NHL win and helped Boston secure its first victory of the season.

When the NHL redesigned the game to increase offensive output, this is exactly the game they had in mind. The game featured 13 total goals, three of which were NHL firsts, and 16 power plays. The Bruins battled back on six separate occasions, down 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-2, 5-4, and 6-4 to tie the game.

Zigmund Palffy got the Penguins on the board first, splitting the Bruins defensemen at 3:34. Boston would respond though. Midway through the first, Sergei Samsonov scored his first goal of the season and Boston's first power play goal of the year to tie the game at 1, tucking in a Glen Murray rebound.

Mario Lemieux put the Penguins back on top, 2-1, netting a power play goal at 12:25. Once again, the Bruins would answer. Patrice Bergeron scored his second goal of the year on a low wrist shot off the far post to tie the game at 2. Boston's lead would be short lived. 20 seconds later, Ric Jackman would put Pittsburgh up 3-2 after one period of play.

Just 26 seconds into the second period, Brooks Orpik put the Penguins up by two goals. However, the Bruins would come charging back. Pat Leahy scored his first NHL goal with some nifty stick-work in tight to beat goaltender Sebastien Caron, cutting the Bruins' deficit to one goal. Then at 10:30, Travis Green would get the equalizer after Pittsburgh turned the puck over in their defensive zone.

Mario Lemieux made sure the game didn't stay even for long though. Lemieux recorded his second goal of the night at 11:44 after putting away his own rebound on a wrap around shot. Sidney Crosby would add to the lead, registering his first NHL goal at 18:32 on the power play to give the Penguins a 6-4 lead.

The third period was all Bruins. Glen Murray scored his second goal of the game at 7:48, roofing a quick wrist shot off of the face-off and cutting the Penguins lead to 6-5. Just over a minute later, Brad Boyes would get his first NHL goal and tie the game at 6, deflecting a pass through the crease from Pat Leahy.

In overtime, the Bruins made sure to complete their comeback. Joe Thornton came from behind the night and fed a quick pass to Glen Murray who beat Caron with a one timer to seal the victory, 7-6.

"It was a game that had a lot of momentum swings in it," said Coach Sullivan. "Obviously, a lot of special teams play, and tonight, I think our power play really answered the bell for us. I said earlier that we think we have the makings of a good power play group, and tonight, they won the game for us.

"We're coming together and we're making progress," continued Sullivan. "For me, the most exciting thing about tonight is I thought our guys really competed. I told them before the game this was a big gut check for us after coming off of two difficult games earlier in the week. This was a big gut check for this team and I thought they responded."

Pat Leahy continued his solid play, scoring his first NHL goal and setting up the game tying goal in the third period. Coach Sullivan likes what he sees from his young forward.

"Pat Leahy was terrific," remarked Sullivan. "He's really made contributions in every game he's played. He's a terrific penalty killer. He really pays the price, willing to block shots and do all those little things, those thankless jobs that help teams win."

Game notes
Tonight's game was a game of firsts. Hannu Toivonen made his first NHL start in net for Boston, recording his first NHL victory, and Pat Leahy, Brad Boyes and Sidney Crosby each scored their first NHL goals. …Alex Zhamnov was scratched for the third straight game with an injured shoulder. ...Boston will play four more games on the road before returning home on October 20 to face the Buffalo Sabres on Fan Appreciation Night at the TD Banknorth Garden.
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