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Aftermath: Bruins 7, Penguins 4

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
7 - 4

FINAL 1 2 3 T
2 0 5 7
PENGUINS 2 2 0 4
The Penguins put four goals behind Boston netminder Tim Thomas – the most that he’s allowed this season – but couldn’t make a 4-2 third-period lead hold up. The Bruins came up with five goals in the final frame to pull out a 7-4 win.

The Penguins had the better of the play through 40 minutes, and looked to be in complete control when Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal with 23 seconds left in the second period to give Pittsburgh that 4-2 advantage.

The Bruins used a pair of goals 15 seconds apart in the opening four minutes of the third period to pull even and steal all the momentum. The Penguins never quite recovered from that tectonic shift.

Pittsburgh will have a chance to bounce back with Tampa Bay coming to CONSOL Energy Center Friday night. The Penguins always seem to respond in situations of adversity.
Evgeni Malkin
Evgeni Malkin had one of those nights of sheer dominance. He may have only registered two assists on the score sheet, but Malkin was a presence every time his blades cut the ice.

Malkin stick handled brilliantly, skated fluidly and created several scoring chances. His presence helped get the Penguins a goal just 1:05 minutes into the game. Two Bruins jumped to defend Malkin on a rebound chance, freeing up Arron Asham to score his first goal as a Penguin.

Malkin even left the game twice with some injuries, but returned to the ice and played through the pain. He finished the night with seven shots, two blocked shots and 21:26 minutes of ice time.
The Penguins had a 4-2 lead entering the third period. Pittsburgh had all the momentum after scoring a power-play goal with only 23 seconds left in the second period.

All that momentum was erased and flipped in a 15-second span. The Bruins scored two goals, 15 seconds apart, four minutes into the third period. The colossal shift was just too much for the Penguins to overcome tonight.

(AP) - Mark Recchi had a goal and assisted on two of Boston's five third-period goals in the Bruins' 7-4 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

Boston entered the third period facing a 4-2 deficit, but Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara scored 15 seconds apart over the first 4:04 to tie it, Shawn Thornton was credited with the winner with 7:20 to play, Blake Wheeler scored with 3:47 left and Milan Lucic added an empty-netter.

Arron Asham scored his first goal in a Penguins uniform. Asham jumped on a loose rebound in front of the net and lifted a shot over a sprawled out Tim Thomas.

• Speaking of Asham, the 5-foot-11 forward had his best game of the season. He scored a goal, dropped the gloves, had three hits and made a huge impact. Asham fought Adam McQuaid (who is 6-foot-4). Despite surrendering five inches, Asham held his own as both combatants landed several heavy blows. Asham also had the hit of the night when he crushed Milan Lucic and his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame over the boards and into the Penguins bench.

• The Penguins outshot the Bruins, 46-33. Pittsburgh’s 46 shots are the most this season by the team. The Penguins also had 10 shots miss the net and 18 blocked. So in total, Pittsburgh sent 74 pucks toward the net.
#1. Scott Thornton
  Center - 22
1 fight
3 shots
#2. Evgeni Malkin
  Center - 71
2 assists
7 shots
  21:26 TOI
#3. Zdeno Chara
  Defenseman - 33
4 shots
26:19 TOI

Author: Sam Kasan


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