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Snapshots: Bruins vs. Penguins

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins


9:42 p.m. - Overtime Snapshots: FINAL BOS 2, PIT 3 OT

32 Seconds into overtime, Sidney Crosby hit Evgeni Malkin with a cross-ice pass in transition, that Malkin was able to blast past Tuukka Rask to give the Penguins a 3-2 overtime win. The Bruins are back in action on Friday in their annual day after Thanksgiving game, and will be facing Blake Wheeler and the Winnipeg Jets. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

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.

The Bruins are back in action on Friday in their annual day after Thanksgiving game, and will be facing Blake Wheeler and the Winnipeg Jets. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

9:37 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 2, PIT 2

With 2:31 to go in the third period, Boston was called for too many men on the ice allowing the league's best power play units to go to work for two minutes.  Goaltender Tuukka Rask came up huge for the Bruins as their best penalty killer during the sequence turning away a flurry of shots from the Penguins, to escape the Pittsburgh man-advantage without any damage done. Huge kill for the B's.

8:26 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, PIT 2

NHL's Explanation of Carl Soderberg's goal that was called off during the second period: "At 10:53 of the second period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/Boston Bruins game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that Carl Soderberg directed the puck into the Pittsburgh net with his glove. According to Rule 67.6 "a goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the puck with his hand into the net" . No goal Boston."

With 11:11 remaining in the middle frame, Patrice Bergeron was called for hooking putting the Bruins on the PK for the second time in the evening. The Penguins lethal power play, which entered the night first in the league converting at a 33.3% clip, delivered again for Pittsbrugh, with Evgeni Malkin ripping a shot past Tuukka Rask from the left faceoff circle for his ninth goal (sixth power play goal) of the year.

At 1:43 into the first period, Loui Eriksson set up Milan Lucic with a pin-point pass across the crease, giving Lucic a wide open net to punch in his fourth goal of the season to tie the game for the B's. Loui's beautiful pass earns him his ninth helper of the season, with Carl Soderberg getting credited with the secondary assist for the 10th of the season. Just 28 seconds after Lucic knotted it up, Joe Morrow potted his first NHL goal with a top shelf wrister from just below the blueline to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead, sending the TD Garden crowd into a frenzy. Simon Gagne and Dougie Hamilton are credited with the assists on the Morrow goal.

7:53 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, PIT 1

Eighteen-year-old 2014 first round draft pick David Pastrnak is making his NHL debut this evening against the Penguins. In his first NHL period of play, the forward skated in three shifts for 1:51 time on ice, including 29 seconds on the Bruins power play unit.

Kevan Miller nearly served as the catalyst to allow Patrice Bergeron to tie the game up when he unleashed a laser on net from the left faceoff circle that yielded a rebound that soared around the chest region of the surrounding players.  Patrice Bergeron swatted at the puck, at what was deemed an illegal height, chipping the it past Fleury, with what appeared to be a game-tying goal. Much to the dismay of the TD Garden crowd, following a two to three minute review, the NHL determined the goal an illegal goal.

Here is the NHL's explanation:

"At 10:00 of the first period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/Boston Bruins game, the referees held a group huddle that determined Patrice Bergeron's stick was above the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the net. Video review confirmed that group decision. According to Rule 60.5 "An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick." No goal Boston."

WIth 16:27 to go in the first period, Sidney Crosby gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead when he scooped up a rebound on net and backhanded it past goaltender Tuukka Rask, who was still recovering from the previous shot attempt he turned aside.  The goal marks Crosby's ninth of the season.

6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. PIT

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (10-6-0, 2.36 GAA, .915 Save %) vs. Fleury (11-3-1, 2.10 GAA, .926 Save %). In eight games against the Penguins, Rask has compiled a 3-5-0 record with a 2.64 GAA and .907 save %. In 21 games against Boston, Fleury has an 11-6-3 record with a 2.31 GAA and .922 save %.

BRUINS VS PENGUINS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Penguins are meeting for the 193rd time tonight with the Bruins having a 105-61-21-5 record while outscoring Pittsburgh, 736-595. The Black & Gold are 64-22-6-3 in 95 games in Boston against Pittsburgh with a 396-266 scoring edge in those contests. The Bruins have won the last two games between these teams after dropping the previous seven and are now 3-8-1 in their last 12 games overall vs. the Penguins.

NEELY STATEMENT: Statement from Bruins President Cam Neely on the passing of Pat Quinn:

"On behalf of the Bruins organization we are saddened to learn of the passing of Pat Quinn. Pat was a great hockey man who has left an indelible mark on our game, but more importantly he was a true gentleman. Our thoughts are with his family at this time."

PASTRNAK & CARON RECALLED; GRIFFITH ASSIGNED: Earlier today, the Bruins recalled forwards Jordan Caron and David Pastrnak from the Providence Bruins and assign Seth Griffith to Providence. In 17 games with Providence, Pastrnak has notched five goals (tied for second on the team) and 13 assists (leads the team) for 18 points (leads the team) with a plus-12 rating (leads the team team). His 18 points are tied for fifth in the AHL overall with five other skaters. This is the first NHL recall of Pastrnak's career. Caron has competed in 10 games for Providence this year, compiling six goals (leads the team) with four assists and a plus-five rating. Griffith scored five goals with Boston (tied for first on the team with three others), while also chipping in two assists in 18 games. The forward made his NHL debut on October 13 against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. For the release please visit

PUCKS & PUPS CALENDAR: The 2015 Pucks & Pups calendar presented by The Black Dog featuring Bruins players photographed with their pets or with adoptable dogs from the MSPCA-Angell will go on sale Friday, November 28. Due to the generosity of our presenting sponsor The Black Dog, all proceeds from the calendar will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and donations will be made to the MSPCA and NEADS. Players featured in the calendar include Matt Bartkowski, Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Loui Eriksson, Simon Gagne, Dougie Hamilton, Chris Kelly, Torey Krug, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Daniel Paille, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg and Reilly Smith. Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs also participated in this project. The calendar features the B’s with their family pets or new friends waiting for homes at the MSPCA. For the full release please visit

226 AND COUNTING: Following Saturday’s home game against the Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins have sold out 226 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.

PENGUINS NOTEBOOK: Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin enter tonight riding four-game points streaks, with Hornqvist notching 1-4=5 totals and Malkin tallying 2-4=6 totals during that span… Sidney Crosby’s 26 points are tied for second in the NHL (Tyler Seguin, DAL) behind Jakub Vorcek’s (PHI) 29… Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury needs one more win for 300 NHL wins. Fleury’s four shutouts are tied for first in the NHL with the New York Ranger’s Henrik Lundqvist… Forward Craig Adams enters tonight one assist shy of 100 NHL assists.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 11-for-54 (20.4%, 10th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 52-for-66 (78.8%, 20th NHL)… Penguins power play: 22-for-66 (33.3%, 1st NHL), Penguins penalty kill: 63-for-72 (87.5%, 4th NHL).

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