Sidney Crosby scored his first NHL goal and added two assists Saturday night in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 7-6 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins at Mellon Arena.
Crosby’s goal came with 1:28 left in the second period. Mark Recchi’s pass trickled across the crease and Crosby was there near the far post to slam it in the goal. Crosby raised his arms in jubilation, coasted backward and slammed his upper back into the glass boards in celebration. It gave the Penguins a 6-4 lead at the time.
“It was exciting. It was something I have been looking forward to for a long time so it was nice to get the first one,” Crosby said. “It’s too bad we lost. It’s great to score goals and set up guys, but I play to win.”
The 17,132 fans in attendance gave Crosby a roaring ovation and remained standing well after the goal was officially announced.
“The puck came my way and I was lucky to get it,” Crosby said. “The fans were great. They were loud and they gave me a lot of energy.”
Mario Lemieux added two goals for the Penguins. He and his teammates on the bench were thrilled to see Crosby get his first NHL goal.
“It was nice to see him get that first one, which is always the toughest,” Lemieux said. “The guys were waiting to see it and were really happy for him. It took a lot of pressure off him.”
Ziggy Palffy gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with 3:34 into the contest on a power-play goal. He took a long outlet pass, split a pair of Bruins and fired a wrister past Boston goalie Hannu Toivonen.
Boston tied the score at 1-all with a power-play goal of its own from Sergei Samsonov.
Lemieux rifled in a rebound on a power play to give the Penguins a 2-1 edge with 7:35 left in the period. Jackman’s shot from the point deflected off Toivonen’s leg pad and right to Lemieux, who one-timed it into the net.
The Bruins retaliated with 4:19 to play in the period with a power-play goal from Patrice Bergeron.
Ric Jackman needed 20 seconds to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 edge. He one-timed a Crosby pass into the net. Recchi got the other assist.
Crosby set up the Penguins’ next goal 26 seconds into the second period. Crosby beat a Bruins defender and sent a backhanded pass across the front of the goal where Brooks Orpik flipped the puck pas Toivonen for a 4-2 edge. Recchi earned an assist on the play.
Patrick Leahy brought the Bruins within 4-3 with 11:03 left in the second period.
Boston scored the equalizer with 9:30 remaining in the period when Travis Green beat Sebastien Caron.
Lemieux put the Penguins up, 5-4, 1:14 later when he slammed in an unassisted wrap-around goal. Toivonen appeared to stop the initial shot, but Lemieux poked in the rebound.
Crosby got his first goal to boost the Penguins’ lead to 6-4 with 1:28 to play in the second period. Recchi’s pass trickled across the crease and Crosby slammed in the puck for his first NHL goal.
Standing ovation that lasted well after his goal was announced.
Boston sliced the deficit to 6-5 7:48 into the third period when Glen Murray cashed in
The Bruins’ Brad Boyes tied the game at 6-all with 10:55 to play when he beat Caron.
The game stayed tied at the end of regulation before Murray gave the Bruins a 7-6 win when he fired a power-play goal past Caron 1:23 into overtime.
ICE CHIPS – Pittsburgh’s Christina Aguilera sang the National Anthem before the contest. She sang the anthem before Games 1 and 2 of the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals in Pittsburgh…NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was in attendance and spoke to the media during the first intermission…Caron got his second-straight start in goal for the Penguins after Jocelyn Thibault took a shot to the upper knee during Friday morning’s skate. Thibault’s status is unknown until further tests are done…Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earned its second-straight win with a 2-1 decision over Hershey…Jonathan Filewich and Ryan Stone had the Baby Penguins’ goals.