Pittsburgh, PA -
Brad Stuart scored two power play goals and Tim Thomas
made 16 saves to power the Boston Bruins past the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 at Mellon Arena on Wednesday night. The Bruins turned aside all six Pittsburgh power play attempts and continued their penalty-killing success with 94 kills in 105 chances. Glen Murray assisted on both of Stuart's goals and Travis Green scored Boston's other goal. The Bruins have taken at least a point in 11 of their last 13 games and are two points behind Toronto for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"I thought our guys did a real good job," said coach Sullivan. "We made the right decisions with the puck and we did a real good job putting the puck to areas. When we do that and we pursue the puck, we create the turnovers we are looking for. That's how we gain our scoring chances. We also do a better job controlling territory when we play that style of play. I thought we did a good job for the most part tonight."
The Bruins dominated play in the first and outshot the Penguins 12-6, but came out of the opening period empty-handed. It wasn't until 7:05 of the second that the B's cashed in and took a 1-0 lead on Travis Green's eighth goal of the season. Green won the face-off to Josh Langfeld, who sent the puck to the point for a Hal Gill slap shot. Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made the initial stop, but Green cradled the puck and snuck it top-shelf past Fleury. The assist was Langfeld's first point as a Bruin.
At 16:08 of the period, Boston went up 2-0 on a Brad Stuart power play goal. Glen Murray made a pass across the point to Brian Leetch, who made a slap pass to the left side of the goal crease that redirected off Stuart's skate into the net. Leetch returned to action after missing the last three games and 10 of 12 due to a groin injury.
"I was trying to move my foot out of the way to see if I could get my stick on it, but it hit my foot and went in the net," said Stuart. "It worked out."
Brad Stuart scored his second power play goal of the night at 6:15 of the third period to give Boston a 3-0 lead. Stuart skated in from the blue line, waited, then snapped a quick shot from the top right circle through Fleury's legs for his 10th of the year.
With just 1:31 left in the third, Tomas Surovy spoiled Tim Thomas
' shutout bid when he beat Thomas low to the glove-side.
The Bruins come home to play host to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. Face-off is at 7:00 p.m.