BRUINS 19-4-3 (41 pts) VS PENGUINS 21-8-0 (42 pts)
3:05 p.m. - Postgame Snapshots: FINAL PIT 2, BOS 1
B's Fall to Penguins: The Bruins fell to Pittsburgh in today's matinee game 2-1. The Penguins extend their winning streak to nine straight games with their victory over the Bruins. The B's are back in action this Tuesday in Winnipeg against the Jets.
Shots Not Enough: Depsite outshooting Pittsburgh's offense 32-18, the Bruins were unable to muster up a goal in the second or third period. Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin led the way for the B's, credited with five shots each. Boychuk, Hamilton and Horton were also able to put pucks on net, registering four each.
B's Best Chances: The Krejci line continued to put pressure on Vokoun and had one of the best chances for the B's halfway through the third period. Milan Lucic led the charge, staying strong on the puck, and swung around the net deep in the Penguins zone. Lucic was able to thread a pass out in front of the net to Krejci who, despite being contested, was able to put an off-balance shot on Vokoun but the Pens netminder was just able to get a pad on the puck and turn it aside. About four minutes later, Tyler Seguin almost tied the game up with a wrap around attempt that rode inches from the goal line straight through the crease, but was never able to cross the line.
B's Postgame Coverage: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
Next Game: The Bruins play again this Tuesday against the Jets in Winnipeg at 8:00 p.m. ET
2:15 p.m. - 2nd Intermission Snapshots: PIT 2, BOS 1
Tuukka Bounces Back: After allowing two first period goals, the Bruins only allowed five shots on goal in the second period (and none when the Pens were on the power play at the end of the second) and Tuukka Rask turned aside all five of those shots faced. Rask looked very focused that period and will bring that momentum heading into the final frame. During the first TV timeout of the period, the calm and collected Rask stayed in front of his goal instead of heading to the bench, resting on one knee and getting into the zone like he does during the national anthem every game.
Bergeron to the Box: Bergeron was called for a face-off violation at 17:18 into the second. Tough call on Bergeron it looked like he just barely grazed the puck with his hand. The Bruins league-leading penalty killing units were put to work and ultimately able to kill off the penalty to Bergeron for the B's 26th straight kill without allowing a goal. No. 37 wasn't the happiest heading into the box, and came out of it with a fervor, nearly creating a scoring chance for the B's. Lucic also wasn't too happy after the faceoff and exchanged some words - and shoves - with Chris Neal.
B's on the PP: The Bruins were able to put good pressure on the Penguins with Sidney Crosby going to the box after a high-sticking penalty which caught Jonny Boychuk at 14:18 into the second period. But the B's were unable to capitalize, and at one point Horton lost his stick and had to go to the bench, causing some time to tick off the PP. The Penguins were able to escape the penalty to Crosby unscathed keeping the game 2-1 in favor of Pittsbugh. The Bruins are now 0-2 on the power play today.
Seguin Shooting: Finishing up the second period, Tyler Seguin leads the team with five of the Bruins 20 shots on net. Close behind is defenseman Johnny Boychuk who has been credited with four shots so far this game and Nathan Horton with four as well. Through two periods, just three forwards (Seguin, Horton, Lucic-3) and three defensemen (Chara-1, Boychuk, Hamilton-3) have the Bruins' 20 shots. The Pens have blocked 13 of Boston's shots, but the Black & Gold will be looking to get more shots on goal from four lines in the third.
Coach Julien on Krejci-Horton-Lucic: During a stoppage in play, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien spoke to NBC's Pierre Maguire and had this to say about the Krejci-Horton-Lucic line thus far this game: "Well you know again they have created some chances, they are big bodies and we certainly need them to be at their best."
1:15 p.m. - 1st Intermission Snapshots: PIT 2, BOS 1
Pens go up 2-1: With just 31.8 on the clock at the end of the first period, Tuukka Rask was unable to glove a redirected shot from Craig Adams, which went off Andrew Ference's knee pad, leaving a juicy rebound for the Penguins. Former Northeastern Husky Joe Vitale was able to gobble up the loose rebound and roof it past Rask to put the Pens up 2-1 to close out the period. Rask looked in position, but the change of the direction caused him to outstretch to his left and not control the rebound. Tough break, but Tuukka will come out strong after letting that one in.
Seguin Knots It: Tyler Seguin entered double digits in the goal column, as he connected on his 10th of the season due in large part to Patrice Bergeron winning a puck battle deep in the Penguins zone. After winning the battle behind the Pittsburgh net, Bergeron dished it out to Jonny Boychuk who unleashed a bomb from the blueline which deflected off of Kris Letang's skate. Seguin took full advantage of the B's friendly carom and fired a shot to the back of the wide open net to knot the game at 1-1. That assist is Bergeron's 17th and Boychuk's third of the season.
Crosby Scores: Pascal Dupuis played an integral role on the Penguins first goal, winning a puck battle behind the B's net and was able to dish it out to Crosby. Crosby, who was moving form left to right in front of B's net, was able to settle the puck on his stick long enough to get off a clean shot past Rask to put the Penguins up 1-0. That goal was Crosby's 13th of the year and Dupuis's seventh assist. The Crosby-Chara match-up is always one to watch and today is no different, as Crosby won a puck battle against Chara in behind Rask, before setting himself up for the goal. Like Rask's uncontrollable rebound on the second goal, it's likely Chara will be tough on himself and not let that happen again this game.
B's on the PP: At 4:14 into the first, Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik (and former Boston College Eagle) was sent to the box for delay of game after flipping the puck out of play. The Bruins wasted no time getting two shots on net set up by great puck movement, including a mid-range shot from Seguin and a Chara drive from just in front of the blueline. Despite the B's efforts, the Penguins were able to kill off their first penalty of the game to keep the game scoreless.
12:15 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs PIT
Matchup: The Bruins will try for three consecutive wins this afternoon and will square off against the Penguins for the second time in six days, less than 24 hours after the B's beat the Capitals 4-1 in Boston. The Penguins ride and eight-game winning streak with their 3-0 victory against the Rangers yesterday.
Starting Goaltenders: Rask (14-2-1, 1.91 GAA, .930 Save %) vs. Vokoun (6-3-0, 3.08 GAA, .896 Save %). Rask is 1-2-0 with a 2.68 GAA and .913 Save % in three career games against Pittsburgh. Vokoun is 7-10-3 with a 2.62 GAA and .927 Save % with two shutouts in 22 career games against Boston.
Bruins vs. Penguins Lifetime: The Bruins and Penguins will meet for the 188th time today with the B’s holding a 103-58-21-5 record and a 724-582 scoring advantage in those games.
Krejci-Lucic-Horton Hot: The Krejci line will look to continue their strong north-to-south game they vowed to get back to, which led to the trio notching a combined nine points yesterday afternoon against the Capitals. Krejci started yesterday's game three points shy of his 300th NHL point, but after notching one goal and two assists the winger was able to reach the personal milestone. Linemate Lucic set a career-high for assist in one game registering three helpers. Not to be outdone by his linemates, Horton collected his first Gordie Howe hat trick with his goal, two assists and fight with Washington's Matt Hendricks.
Bruins PK: The Bruins have killed off their last 25 penalties coming into today’s game with their last power play goal allowed on March 3 against the Montreal Canadiens. This is the B’s third streak of 20-plus straight kills this season. (24, Jan. 19 - 29; 27, Feb. 6 – 28).
B's Physical Presence: The Bruins will look to continue their physical style of play, which saw eight different players register three or more hits against the Washington Capitals yesterday. B's enforcer Shawn Thornton led the way registering seven of the team's 36 hits.
Streaking: Zdeno Chara currently rides a four-game point streak registering two goals and two assists during that span.
Fight to Win: The Bruins improved to 11-3-1 in games which they have had at least one fight, with the B's dropping the mitts three different times yesterday against the Capitals (McQuaid vs. Hendricks, Horton vs. Hendricks, Marchand vs. Ribeiro). Over the last two seasons, the Bruins are 41-15-2 in games which they have had a fighting penalty.
Birthday B's: After scoring his first goal of the season yesterday, Bruins defenseman Andrew celebrates his 34th birthday today. B's captain Zdeno Chara will be also be celebrating his birthday tomorrow turning 36.
Boston: PP: 13-for-76 (17.1%, 20th NHL), PK: 93-for-100 (93.0%, 1st NHL)
Pittsburgh: PP: 27-for-111 (24.3%, 4th NHL), PK: 84-for-106 (79.2%, T-21st NHL).