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PENGUINS MOVE INTO FIRST PLACE WITH 4-2 WIN IN BOSTON

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

BOSTON – The Pittsburgh Penguins are in first place in the Atlantic Division thanks to a 4-2 win Thursday night in Boston.

The Penguins (45-23-10) have 100 points on the year, two more than the New Jersey Devils (45-24-8).

Brandon Bochenski found the back of the net 44 seconds into the game when he poked in a rebound.

Erik Christensen fired a powerful wrister past Tim Thomas 3:20 into the game for a power-play goal. Michel Ouellet’s rebound deflected off Thomas and sailed into the slot, where Christensen rifled it into the net. Jordan Staal earned the other assist.

Colby Armstrong roofed a backhander past Thomas with10:42 left in the first. Along the far boards, Sidney Crosby controlled the puck despite being knocked to the ice by a Bruins defender. With one arm, he was able to slide it to Christensen, who fed a cross-ice pass to a streaking Armstrong. He flipped a backhander over Thomas’ left shoulder.

Phil Kessel tied the game at 2-all with 9:04 left in the period. He swatted his own blocked shot out of the air and past Marc-Andre Fleury.

Christensen’s wrister slid through Thomas’ legpads with 8:33 left for the Penguins’ third goal on seven shots. From the left wing, Christensen took a pass from Crosby and fired the puck at the goal. It found its way through Thomas for a 3-2 lead.

Evgeni Malkin tapped in a Crosby pass for a 4-2 Penguins lead with 8:28 remaining. On the far side of the goal, Crosby sent a cross-crease pass to Malkin on the far post. He slammed it into the open net for the tally. Ouellet added an assist.

Fleury stopped 31 of 33 shots to earn the win.

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