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by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins


0:00: The Pens hang on to top the Bruins 3-2 in a great display of heart and resiliency!

0:22: Fleury somehow keeps the puck out of the Pens net after Chara's shot from the point causes a flurry of traffic in front! And the Bruins have been whistled for a hand pass, sending the faceoff outside the Pens zone.

1:15: The Bruins have pulled their goalie!

3:05: The Pens' defense is playing out of their minds right now. Michalek gets in between Nathan Horton and the net, knocking the stick out of the hands of the Bruins forward.

 

6:18: AND AGAIN! Fleury is dancing with the devil today! Ryder's shot again sneaks underneath Flower, but Brooks Orpik makes a great defensive play to push the puck back under Fleury before it crosses the line.

7:07: And another big chance for the Bruins! Ryder's shot goes under Fleury, but somehow hits the post and goes into the corner instead of veering into the net!

7:59: Yikes, big chance for the Bruins just now! Matt Bartkowski's shot bounced crazily off the boards and went through the goal mouth, but thankfully ended up out of danger.

9:17: A flurry of shots by the Bruins as they manage to keep the puck corralled in the Pens' end, but Fleury comes up huge every time!

 

12:50: Marc Savard is down after going into the boards off a hit from Deryk Engelland. Savard had the puck and was making a pass when he got checked. He seems to be okay as he's still on the bench.

13:21: Huge pad save by Fleury on Campbell's blast!

15:21: Dupuis hits the crossbar as he's escorted to the net with a Bruin on each side of him! Great chance for No. 9!

16:35: Jordan Staal pickin' up the garbage! He meanders over to the front of the net and picks up a loose puck that he shovels shortside past Rask! Penguins 3, Bruins 2

 

17:00: Orpik and Letang are sure to see a lot of ice time this period in such a tight game.

18:38: Nice save by Rask on Staal, who tried going shortside on the Bruins goalie.

20:00: The final frame has begun! The Pens hope to respond to the Bruins' pair of second-period goals.

THIRD PERIOD



The Pens supporting the Steelers with a Terrible Towel on the bench!


SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- The Bruins' two goals happened in a 13-second span.
- Dupuis now has three shots.
- Kunitz is now +2.

0:00: That'll do it for the second. The Bruins have rallied to tie the game, 2-2. They have 26 shots to the Pens' 25.

1:33: Great defensive play by Dupuis. After a great save on Ryder, Fleury ends up out of the net with the puck sitting in the goal mouth. Dupuis scrambles over and emphatically clears the puck.

2:00:
Letang with two great shots that almost make it through traffic, but deflect wide both times.

4:54: The Bruins have definitely stolen the momentum of this game. Pens looking to get it back in a game that's still very back-and-forth.

 

8:19: Bylsma calls a timeout to allow the Pens to regroup and refocus.

8:19: And the Bruins score off the ensuing faceoff from Seidenberg's goal. Savard just straight up snipes a blistering shot past Fleury. Penguins 2, Bruins 2

8:32: Dennis Seidenberg's rocket from the point finds the back of the net as Fleury is screened by Taylor Pyatt. Penguins 2, Bruins 1

8:45: This has been a fast-paced period. Hardly any whistles.

10:46: So close!!! Geno breaks through the Bruins defense and goes in all alone to rip a great shot on Rask. The rebound comes right back to Malkin but he just can't solve the Boston goalie.

13:42: Conner and Michalek get a 2-on-1 opportunity, but the shot can't get through.

 

15:02: The Pens are back to full strength after killing off a four-minute Bruins PP!

15:40: What a play by Letang! He makes an amazing sliding block to break up a 2-on-1.

16:55: Over two minutes of the Bruins' PP are in the books.

19:03: Steve Kampfer gets hit by the errant stick of a teammate, which draws a whole lotta blood. He's heading to the dressing room.

Although the replay shows it was Zdeno Chara's stick that hit Kampfer, the refs have stuck Dupuis in the box for a double minor as he was tangled with the Bruins captain on the play. Pens are on the PK for four minutes.

19:19: After getting robbed last period by Rask, Dupuis redeems himself! Michalek's shot hits the back boards and bounces right to a waiting Dupuis, who stuffs it in the cage for the score! Penguins 2, Bruins 0

20:00: And they're off!

SECOND PERIOD



FIRST PERIOD NOTES
- Conner (3) and Letang (4) have combined for seven of the Pens' 12 shots.
- Staal and Kunitz now have two-game point streaks.
- Orpik leads the Pens with 8:32 of ice time.

0:00: That'll do it for the first. Pens lead 1-0 and the shots are even at 12.

0:33: Big shift by the Cooke-Staal-Kennedy line as they keep the puck contained in the Boston zone.

2:29: A trio of phenomenal saves by Flower as the Bruins crash the net hard!

 

4:50: Adams and Gregory Campbell have dropped the gloves and are duking it out pretty spiritedly. We'll call that one a draw.

4:53: Dupuis receives a pass in the slot, turns and rips the puck in one fluid motion at Rask, who comes up with a huge glove save.

6:56: Big play by the defensive pair of Orpik and Letang. They just calmly denied what could have been a big chance for the Bruins.

 

9:03: And the Pens get on the board first! Matt Cooke with a beautiful play out of the box to grab the puck off a shot block from Michalek and carry it down the ice. He sends a cross-ice pass back to Staal, who quickly drops it to Kunitz. The puck deflects off No. 14 and into the net for the score. The play is under review, however, to determine if the puck was kicked in. AND IT STANDS! Penguins 1, Bruins 0

9:11: Solid kill by the Pens. They're back to full strength.

9:54: Nice pressure by Dupuis! He blocks a shot that causes the puck to skitter out of the Pens zone.

11:16: Cooke's going to the box for interference as he gets tangled with Adam McQuaid in front of Rask. Pens back to the PK.

11:56: Pittsburgh native and Mt. Lebanon grad Matt Bartkowski is on the ice for the Bruins! He made his NHL debut at CONSOL Energy Center on Monday.

 

12:39: Bruins back to full strength.

13:59: Kunitz, Letestu, Malkin, Goligoski and Letang are out on the first PP unit.

14:40: Michael Ryder trips up Kris Letang, and he's going tp the box. Pens on the PP!

15:06: Malkin in a great scoring position after a head-up pass from Kunitz, but the puck bounces off his stick.

15:47: Dupuis is out! Pens back to full strength.

16:28: The Bruins are running an interesting power play, as they're going with four forwards and one defenseman.

 

17:48: Brad Marchand takes down Malkin at the Bruins blue line and Dupuis isn't happy about it. He lets Marchand know, and now Dupuis is heading to the box for slashing. Pens on the PK early.

17:55: It's like there's a brick wall on the Pens blue line. Nice work by the Pittsburgh blueliners to keep the puck out of their end.

19:11: A couple of early saves for Fleury, as Johnny Boychuk and Marc Savard get a couple of quality shots off.

20:00: They're off in Beantown!

FIRST PERIOD



12:57 PM: The Pens lines:

Kunitz-Malkin-Dupuis
Cooke-Staal-Kennedy
Rupp-Talbot-Conner
Adams-Letestu-Asham

Orpik-Letang
Martin-Michlaek
Goligoski-Engelland

Fleury gets the nod between the pipes.

The Pens scratches: Ben Lovejoy, who missed Friday's practice due to illness, and Dustin Jeffrey, who just got called up this morning.

Also, the Pens will not be facing Tim Thomas in net, as Tuukka Rask is getting the start in goal for the Bruins.

12:47 PM: Head coach Dan Bylsma spoke to the media this morning at the rink. Here's what he had to say:



12:45 PM: It's a big day for Pittsburgh sports teams! In just a few minutes, the Penguins look to redeem themselves against a Bruins squad that has rallied for two come-from-behind victories in both of their games this season. At 4:30 p.m., the Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field for an AFC Divisional playoff game. If they win today, they'll go to the AFC Championship. Here we go Steelers!!!

I figured it was only appropriate to post a couple of images of the Penguins-Steelers love:


Pascal Dupuis rockin' a Steelers helmet while skating on Heinz Field (photo courtesy of Getty Images)


Sidney Crosby's helmet nestled on a Steelers seat in their locker room (photo courtesy of Getty Images)
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