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Four Goals in the Third Gives B's Victory

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- The Boston Bruins scored four third period goals to overcome a late 2-goal deficit to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night in Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center.

Zdeno Chara  looks to pass in front of Zbynek Michalek #4 of the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 10, 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
Defenseman Zdeno Chara was the first to light the lamp for Boston with 3:23 left in the game, when he scored a power play goal to put the B’s on the board. Forward Brad Marchand tied things up just 12 seconds later with his seventh goal of the season. 

After a holding penalty was assessed to Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal with less than three minutes to play, veteran forward Mark Recchi netted the game winner with his eighth goal of the season.

“We were just focused on getting the first one. And then, obviously, getting the second one right away in such a short span of time was huge you know tying the game and eventually...the power play again with the game-winner,” Chara said after the game.

“It was such a good comeback especially like you said after the game against Montreal when we had the lead and then lost it, but great character win.”

Center Gregory Campbell finished things off for Boston with an empty-netter with eight second remaining in the game. Campbell had two assists; on Chara and Marchand’s goals, to add to his own goal for 1-2-3 totals on the night. 

“Well he’s good. He’s a guy you can rely on you know defensively as far as battling is concerned...and we have a lot of faith in him as a player and you know it was nice to see him get rewarded with the empty net goal,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said post-game.

“Also when we were looking for that first goal, he was there and...on Marchand’s he was on the ice as well...[so] I think it was nice to see him get some attention anyways because those guys work hard. “

The B’s out-shot Pittsburgh 13-2 in the third period to swing the momentum back their way after Pen’s netminder Marc-Andre Fleury stifled their scoring opportunities in the second period.

“We had chances throughout the game I thought you know even in the second period we were down two nothing we created some chances and Fleury made some really huge saves there, but we just never backed off and just kept going and going and tonight it paid off,” Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask said.

Monday's game marked the second time this season the Bruins have come back from late deficits to defeat the Penguins.
Boston scored five unanswered third period goals on Nov. 10 to rally from a late 4-2 deficit. 

After the victory, Boston headed home for a four game home stand. They face the Pens again in a Saturday afternoon tilt in the third game of that home stand.

---Hannah Becker
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