BOSTON - Joe Thornton (2-2=4), Dave Scatchard (2-0=2), and Glen Murray (1-2=3) had multiple point nights and were named the three stars of the game, respectively, leading the Bruins to a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night at the TD Banknorth Garden. The B's dominated play in all aspects of the game, outshooting the visiting Pens 47-21 on the night. Andrew Raycroft was credited with 18 saves and the win.
With Boston putting on an early offensive display, defenseman Nick Boynton snapped a shot on net, where P.J. Axelsson was able to tip it right over to Dave Scatchard. Scatchard banged it home at 6:50 for his first of the year and a quick 1-0 lead for the Bruins.
"It's nice getting that first one and getting the monkey off the back," smiled Scatchard. "Hopefully we can get the flood gates opening up from here and have some good offensive chances every game."
With 18:36 ticked off the clock, ex-Bruin defenseman, Sergei Gonchar walked into the top of the circle and scored on a low wrist shot to tie the game at 1-1.
The Bruins came out storming in the second period, scoring four power play goals in a 10-minute span.
At 4:46, Dave Scatchard got his second of the night, a power play goal, putting the Bruins up 2-1. A string of passes throughout the offensive zone found Scatchard wide open in front of the net, who tipped the puck home.
Seconds later, Sergei Samsonov found the back of the mesh with a similar goal as Scatchard's on the power play. Samsonov snuck over to the right side of the crease, where Brad Boyes was able to feed it to him for the easy tap in.
At 8:03, Joe Thornton took the puck from the Penguins corner and stuffed it home, as he took it hard across the crease. That too was a power play goal, upping the score 4-1 Bruins.
The Captain was very pleased with the win. Thornton appeared to be feeling little ill effects from his back injury, as he tallied 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists). He wanted to lead tonight, and that's exactly what he did.
"The back feels good," said Thornton. "Scott Waugh has me on a nice little program and as long as I continue to stay with it, I should be fine. I may take tomorrow off just to relax, but then I'll be back at on Monday."
A fourth power play goal at 13:54 of the second by Glen Murray made it 5-1. Murray collected the puck at the top of slot, where he was able to unleash a one-timer into the goal.
In the third, Pittsburgh added 2 even strength goals by Ryan Malone and Brooks Orpik, but it was too little too late. Rookie Sidney Crosby assisted on both goals.
Joe Thornton added his second of the night at 16:23, sealing the Bruins 6-3 victory. Joe gathered the puck in the neutral and zone and walked in all alone, shooting it past Pittsburgh goalie Jocelyn Thibault's right arm.
The B's had a much better effort in Saturday night's contest, seemingly executing all that was preached by Coach Mike Sullivan earlier in the week.
"It feels good to win," said Coach Mike Sullivan, whose team snapped a three game losing streak. "I thought our guys played hard tonight, they competed. Tonight, I thought our guys did a great job at recognizing when to be aggressive and when to defend. Our power play was terrific tonight and that was the difference in the game. I also thought our 5-on-5 play was much better in all three zones."
The Bruins head to Toronto on Monday, October 24th next. The Bruins will look to play a powerful Maple Leafs squad and tough division opponent.