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Penguins-Bruins In-Game Blog

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

0:00: That's game. The Bruins mounted a furious rally in the final minutes of the game to power past the Penguins, 4-2.

0:07: Gregory Campbell just scored an empty-netter after assisting on the first two Bruins goals. Bruins 4, Penguins 2

0:39: Recchi corrals a rebound in front of the Pens net and stuffs it past Fleury for the power-play tally. Bruins 3, Penguins 2

2:08: Jordan Staal is headed to the box for holding.

3:11: Brad Marchand evens things up just a few seconds later as he chips the puck in off a crazy rebound. Penguins 2, Bruins 2

Zdeno Chara blasts a shot on the power play that beats Fleury to end Flower's shutout bid. Penguins 2, Bruins 1

5:46: The Bruins are back to full strength.


8:14: Bartkowski gets a penalty in his first NHL game, as he's getting two for hooking. Pens on the PP!

Watch him talk about playing in front of friends and family at CONSOL Energy Center:

8:30: Looks like Lucic is heading to the Bruins locker room. Not sure what for.

10:25: Huge block by Orpik! That was pretty much a goal-saving block.

12:47: Disgusting save by Flower! Tyler Seguin and a teammate approach the Pens netminder on a 2-on-1, and Fleury somehow manages to get his pad on the Boston rookie's shot! A well-deserved chorus of "Fleury, Fleury!" erupts from the crowd.

13:42: Emotions are flaring behind the Pens net, but no penalties are coming out of the scrum.


18:00: Johnny Boychuk tries instigating Cooke, but the Pens forward refuses to be baited.

18:42: Everyone's back to full strength.

19:38: There's 0:56 left on Goligoski's penalty and 0:46 left on Recchi's.

20:00: Here we go!


Five best moments against the Bruins - definitely a collection of gems!

- The Pens are 18-2 when leading after two periods.
- Pittsburgh has 23 recorded shots on goal, but have also had 14 attempts blocked.
- Rupp has a goal, five hits and is plus-1.

0:00: The Pens now have a 2-0 lead after a dandy of a second period. They're outshooting the Bruins by a 23-20 margin.

0:42: Goligoski gets two for interference, putting both teams even. The Bruins will have a 10-second power play when Recchi gets out of the box in the next period.


Malkin just dangled two Bruins out of their skates, but Rask comes up with the save.

1:20: The Pens have 2:28 left on their PP!

2:52: With 0:59 left on the 4-on-4, Recchi gets a four-minute double minor for holding and unsportsmanlike conduct. We're 4-on-3 for for the next minute.


3:53: Huge save by Fleury on a point-blank shot from Milan Lucic in the slot! A few players mix it up after the play, and Letang and Savard are getting coincidentals. We've got some 4-on-4 hockey folks.

4:48: Geno grabs the puck and it looks like he's going to shoot, but instead he turns and sends a bouncing saucer pass that Letang one-times past Rask! Penguins 2, Bruins 0


6:10: Recchi's getting a pair as he trips up Letang in the Pens zone. Pittsburgh on the PP!

8:05: That goal, his fourth of the season, ended a 12-game scoreless drought for Rupper!

8:21: Rupp carries the puck in and lifts a beauty of a backhander from a crazy angle under the arm of Rask for the score! Penguins 1, Bruins 0


11:07: Another shift where the Pens are controlling the puck down low, but their shots either go wide or are stopped by Rask, who's aggressively challenging the shooters.

12:05: A little bit of a scrum builds up in the Bruins zone, but the refs intervene and everyone goes their separate ways.

12:35: A few huge scoring chances for the Pens on that last shift, but the bounces just aren't going their way.


15:11: I would not want to be the D man going 1-on-1 with Conner. No. 18 can FLY.

15:46: The Bruins are back to full strength.

16:25: The  Pens ripped about 20 shots during that power play but they all went just wide. They're attacking Rask hard.


17:49: Kennedy and Martin are whistled offsides on a passing play. The crowd doesn't like it one bit.

18:27: The Bruins were back to full strength, but not for long! Bergeron gets a pair for goaltender interfence as he crashes into Fleury. Pens back on the PP!

19:26: Letang rips a shot through traffic that Rask doesn't see, but it goes wide.

The middle frame has commenced.



- Rupp leads the Pens with four hits.
- Staal leads with three shots.
- Letang leads with 8:19 of ice time.

0:00: We're still scoreless, and the Pens will head into the second period with 0:41 left on their power play. Shots are 14-6 in favor of Pittsburgh.

1:19: Now it's the Bruins' turn to head to the PK, as Marc Savard is getting two for slashing!


1:53: Pens back to full strength!

2:20: Dupuis and Rask do a little dance behind the Bruins net, as neither one can ascertain which way the other's going to do.

3:55: Cooke goes to the box for hi-sticking. Pens back on the PK.

4:41: Smooth moves by Goligoski just now. He made a nice move to get around a Bruins defenseman and dropped a pretty pass to Conner after carrying it down.

There's a face in Dooper's shoulder!

The Pens just congratulated Bartkowski on the Jumbotron for playing in his first NHL game. The crowd gave him a healthy round of applause.

6:19: Pens are back to full strength.

7:32: Great shorthanded chance by Staal and Cooke! Staal read a play perfectly to take the puck down 1-on-1 with a Bruins blueliner, and slid the rubber over to Cooke, who couldn't quite get a shot off through the D man.

8:18: And instant clear by Staal!

8:24: The Pens are going to head to the PK for the first time tonight. Jeffrey's getting two for hooking.


10:05: Rupp rips a shot from an odd angle (on the boards by the hash marks) that cuts a straight path to Rask.

11:34: The game's been flowing well thus far. There have been hardly any stoppages in play, with the Pens holding a 6-3 shots-on-goal advantage.


14:34: After a quality scoring chance from Zdeno Chara, Chris Conner reacts quickly and is able to wheel the puck back down to the Bruins end for a shot.

15:24: Matt Bartkowski, who is officially in the lineup tonight, just skated his first-ever NHL shift against the team he grew up rooting for!

17:33: Conner's shot takes a weird bounce off Rask's pad, and Talbot is almost able to stuff it in. But no dice.


18:36: Nice shift by the Kunitz-Malkin-Dupuis line. Physical play by Kunitz, an active stick by Dupuis and smooth skating by Geno.

20:00: They're off!


7:31 PM: Tonight's lines:



Fleury in goal. Tuukka Rask is starting between the pipes for Boston.

7:30 PM: If you're not at optimal pump-up level for tonight's game, maybe this will help:

7:25 PM: With Arron Asham out of the lineup due to illness, the Pens recalled forward Dustin Jeffrey to take his place for tonight.

Peruse today's Pens report for the shuffled line combos that head coach Dan Bylsma utlized during this morning's skate. The Cooke-Staal-Kennedy line was reunited, with quote of the day coming from Bylsma:

"(Sunday) when we put that line together in practice, they gave each other a group hug. The reason being is that they all feel like they know what they’re going to get when they go out there from each other, and that’s the kind of success they can have."

7:20 PM: Awesome story: Pittsburgh native and Mt. Lebanon graduate Matt Bartkowski may make his NHL debut tonight against the team he grew up cheering for, as the Bruins recalled him on Sunday.

7:15 PM: Tonight's game marks the first of two games against the Bruins in a six-day span, as the Penguins will travel to Boston on Saturday.  In a 10-day span from Jan. 6 to Jan. 15, the Penguins play five games, with four of them being against Boston and Montreal.

In honor of the Penguins' past and upcoming contests against the Bruins and Habs, I've decided to play a little clip of the Bruins Bear, titled "Never Date Within Your Division."

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