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Aftermath: Penguins 2, Bruins 1

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

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Photos: Penguins 2, Bruins 1
Blog: Pens vs. Bruins Game Blog
 
QUICK ANALYSIS
The Penguins took four penalties in the first 25 minutes of the game and, as a result, couldn’t get into a good rhythm in five-on-five action. Luckily, Pittsburgh's penalty killers were able to hold Boston to only one power-play goal.

After that man-advantage score gave Boston an early 1-0 lead, the Penguins took over. Pittsburgh carried the play, outshooting Boston 33-22, and never appeared in danger of losing control of the game.

The Penguins finally broke through for two goals and then grinded out a 2-1 victory. While the Bruins threw 11 shots at the Pittsburgh net in the third period, they couldn’t mount any sustained pressure, and the Penguins skated to victory.

The Penguins are 4-0 since the Olympic break and have opened up a five-point lead in the Atlantic Division race over New Jersey – which plays later tonight. On the horizon for Pittsburgh is a five-game road trip through Carolina, New Jersey, Tampa Bay, New Jersey (again) and a rematch with the Bruins in Boston. 
 
WHAT HAPPENED
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Evgeni Malkin scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period after former linemate Pascal Dupuis tied it, and the Pittsburgh Penguins remained unbeaten since the Olympic break by beating the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Sunday.
 
SHOT OF THE NIGHT

Evgeni Malkin celebrates after scoring his seventh game-winning goal of the season - ranking second in the NHL.
(photo by Getty)
ESSENTIALS
What Went Well: Limiting Second Chances
Despite being shorthanded three times in the first period, Pittsburgh held Boston to only three shots. In the game, Marc-Andre Fleury faced only 22 shots and wasn’t forced to make any spectacular saves. That’s because the Penguins did a great job of clearing the crease area and eliminating any second opportunities for Boston.

What Could Have Gone Better: Penalties
The Penguins hurt their own cause by taking four penalties in the game, all of which occurred in the first 25 minutes of action. Though Boston netted the game’s first goal with a man-advantage score, the Penguins did an excellent job avoiding any further setbacks.  Pittsburgh’s penalty killing units have been dominant lately, and they shined again against Boston.
 
DIFFERENCE MAKER
 
Pascal Dupuis has been playing extremely well lately and he continued his strong play against Boston. Thanks to a tenacious effort, Dupuis was able to score the Penguins’ first goal, tying the game in the middle of the second period.

Dupuis finished the game with five shots, three hits, a plus-1 rating and 15:27 minutes of ice time. 
 
SCORING SYNOPSIS
The Bruins struck first with a power-play goal three minutes into the second period. Marc-Andre Fleury made a great sprawling save on Marco Sturm on the doorstep. Fleury appeared to have the puck covered under his arm. Blake Wheeler gave gave Fleury a shot with his stick and the puck squirted free and over the goal line. Boston 1, Pittsburgh 0.

The Penguins pulled even at the nine-minute mark of the second frame. Pascal Dupuis tried a wraparound shot but Tim Thomas got his left pad against the post. Dupuis took a few more whacks and his persistence paid off when the puck somehow sneaked into the goal. Pittsburgh 1, Boston 1.

The Penguins gained their first lead of the game 1:27 into the third period. Evgeni Malkin carried the puck down the near side as Alexei Ponikarovsky drove to the net. Malkin snapped a shot through Ponikarovsky’s screen and through Thomas for the tally. Pittsburgh 2, Boston 1.
 
INTRIGUING NOTABLES
 
The Penguins had two scares in the game with possible injuries to their players. First Alexei Ponikarovsky left in the first period after taking a shot off his wrist. He returned at the first break of the second period. Then Jordan Staal was hobbled after blocking a shot on a penalty kill. After a few minutes on the bench, Staal was back on the ice.

Boston’s Marc Savard was not as fortunate. After suffering a collision with Matt Cooke in the Penguins zone, Savard fell to the ice motionless. He had to be carted off the ice on a stretcher. The Bruins released a statement claiming that Savard “suffered a concussion from the hit.” Savard was “not transported to a hospital, but will remain at the team hotel in Pittsburgh with a member of the Bruins’ medical staff tonight as a precaution.”

Bill Guerin missed his third straight game with a back injury. The Penguin also scratched defenseman Jay McKee.

For the second season, the Penguins hosted a children’s book collection to benefit the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Fans brought children’s books to Mellon Arena and also made cash donations. A total of 1,383 books and $1,000 were collected.
 
GAME NOTES
 
> Pittsburgh improved to 40-22-4 on the season with a 21-10-3 mark at Mellon Arena. The Penguins are five points ahead of New Jersey for the Atlantic Division lead, though New Jersey plays in Edmonton later Sunday night.

> Scoring Summary:
BOS, B.Wheeler PP (14), 3:12 2nd period: Bruins 1, Penguins 0
PIT, P.Dupuis (16), 8:57 2nd period: Penguins 1, Bruins 1
PIT, E.Malkin (23), 1:27 3rd period: Penguins 2, Bruins 1

> The Penguins are now 58-25-8 in the regular season since head coach Dan Bylsma took over. They have a record of 31-11-4 at Mellon Arena. 

> Either Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby have figured in on 40 of the last 47 goals for Pittsburgh.

> Sidney Crosby posted an assist, and has 20 goals and 35 points over his last 22 games. He has points in 14 of his last 16 contests, including six straight, for a total of 27 (14G-13A) over that span. Crosby has 14 goals in his last 16 games.

> Evgeni Malkin scored his seventh game-winning goal of the season, tied for second most in the NHL. He has points in 15 of his last 16 games for 25 total (10G-15A).

> Pascal Dupuis scored a goal for Pittsburgh. He has three goals in his last four games.
 
THREE STARS QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
   
1. P.Dupuis
2. T.Thomas
3. E.Malkin
“Our team stuck with it and we won the game in the third (period). I liked the result.”

- Dan Bylsma
 

 


Author: Sam Kasan

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