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Aftermath: Bruins 4, Penguins 2

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
4 - 2

FINAL 1 2 3 T
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The Penguins held a 2-0 leading entering the final minutes of the third period, but couldn’t hold off a surging Boston team.

The Bruins scored four goals (one being an empty-net score) in the final four minutes of the game to record a 4-2 win at CONSOL Energy Center.

The game was a close, tight-checking affair through the first two-plus periods of the game, but opened up a little in the third and the Bruins came on strong. Boston took advantage of two late penalties with a pair of power-play goals to help secure the victory.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had an otherwise solid game between the pipes for Pittsburgh, stopping 28 of 31 shots, but couldn’t hang on for the victory.

Pittsburgh will look to bounce back Wednesday night with a rematch from last Thursday against the Canadiens in Montreal.
Kris Letang
Kris Letang scored a power-play goal in the second period to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead. After receiving a beautiful saucer pass from Evgeni Malkin, Letang shot a laser from the near point that found its way into the goal past goalie Tuukka Rask.

Letang was active on the rush and strong positionally in his own zone.

Letang’s strong play warranted more ice time and he finished the contest with a game-high 26:56 minutes. He also had three shots, two hits and three blocked shots.
The Bruins were trailing 2-0 with less than five minutes remaining in the third period. Boston used a power-play score to ignite a four-goal comeback.

Defenseman Zdeno Chara’s blast from the point found its way into the goal to get the Bruins on the board. Just 12 seconds later Brad Marchand scored to turn a 2-0 lead into a tie game.

The Bruins would score two more times en route to their 4-2 victory.
(AP) - Mark Recchi scored the third of the Bruins' four goals in the final 31/2 minutes to cap their second frantic rally in two visits to Pittsburgh, and Boston beat the Sidney Crosby-less Penguins 4-2 on Monday night.

The comeback win, the second victory by Boston in six games, came after they squandered a 2-0 lead with 21/2 minutes left Saturday and lost 3-2 in overtime to Montreal.
• Pittsburgh native and Mt. Lebanon graduate Matt Bartkowski made his NHL debut in front of friends and family at CONSOL Energy Center. The Blue Devil saw action alongside Zdeno Chara.

• Mike Rupp snapped a 12-game goalless drought with a nifty shot in the second period. Rupp had the puck along the far goal line under the circle. He lifted a shot that sneaked under the arm of goalie Tuukka Rask for the score. Rupp also had two shots, six hits and a plus-1 rating.

• The Penguins outhit Boston, 39-26, with Rupp and Matt Cooke leading the way for Pittsburgh with six hits each.

Arron Asham missed the game due to an illness. Dustin Jeffrey was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton mid-day and was added to the lineup.
#1. Mark Recchi
  Right Wing - 28
Game-winning goal
2 shots
13:55 TOI
#2. Brad Marchand
  Center - 63
Game-tying goal
plus-1 rating
  13:58 TOI
#3. Kris Letang
  Defenseman - 58
1 PP goal
Game-high 26:56 TOI
3 shots, 2 hits, 3 block shots

Author: Sam Kasan

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