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Pens-Bruins In-Game Blog

by Caitlin Kasunich / Pittsburgh Penguins
Track all the action from Pittsburgh's showdown with the Boston Bruins with our live in-game blog. Check back for stat updates, injury reports and other information.

Time runs out, and the Penguins win their second home game against the Boston Bruins this season. Penguins 2, Bruins 1.

0:39: The Bruins pull Thomas in goal, and the Penguins battle to get an empty-netter at the finale of the game.

Malkin speeds down the far boards and sends another slap shot to the net from the far circle with just minutes left in the third period.

2:53: Staal fires a shot at the net from the far circle, and the puck hits off of the shoulder of Thomas.

After taking a rough hit from Matt Cooke, Boston center Mark Savard is down on the ice and surrounded by fellow teammates. The crowd gives a standing ovation as Savard is taken off the ice in a stretcher. He appears to be OK since he was able to move his body.

Malkin skates across the blue line and sends the puck to the slot where Fedotenko is waiting to take a shot against Thomas.


The Penguins third line is on fire as usual. Kennedy skates down across the blue line and sends a long pass at the top of the near circle to Cooke at the bottom of the far circle. Cooke makes another shot on goal for the team.

Skating to the near circle, Kunitz makes a pass to Sergei Gonchar at the point, who then sends a quick shot to the net. Thomas makes the save.

14:43: Kennedy fires a shot on the Bruins' goal, which hits the post.

16:31: Crosby picks up the puck in the defensive zone and brings it straight to the Boston net for a shot on goal after battling through a cluster of Bruins bodies. 

After skating through the neutral zone, Ponikarovsky makes a pass to Malkin at the blue line, allowing Malkin to skate down to the near circle and send a shot past Thomas to put the Penguins in the lead. Penguins 2, Bruins 1.

20:00: The Penguins face off against the Bruins with Crosby at the center.


- In contrast to the team's five hits at the end of the first period, the Penguins had 23 hits at the end of the second.
- The Penguins outshot the Bruins once again, 22-11.
- Leopold and Letang account for the team's four of seven blocked shots.

0:00: At the end of the second period, the Penguins and Bruins are tied, 1-1.

0:10: Crosby makes a last-minute effort to score before the end of the period as he creeps around the Boston net and tries to send a wrist shot past Thomas at the bottom of the far circle.

Sidney Crosby (right)

After taking a pass from Kunitz, who was skating down by the far boards, Kris Letang fires a slap shot at Thomas from the near circle. Dupuis then tries to get the rebound, but Thomas snatches up the puck before it can slip past him.

3:39: Alex Goligoski looks to pass the puck at the bottom of the near circle but decides to send a wrist shot toward the net himself. Thomas makes the save.

4:06: Chris Kunitz skates down across the blue line and tries to make a pass to Crosby at the front of the Boston net, but the shot is deflected and sent back to the defensive zone.

6:20: Jordan Leopold sents a quick shot from the top of the far circle, but Thomas makes the save with his glove high in the air.

8:18: What another great play by Dupuis! Duper takes a shot from the bottom of the near circle that hits the post on the Boston goal.

10:01: Ruslan Fedotenko and Mark Stuart exchange blows at the Boston net. As a result, both men get two-minute penalties for roughing, creating four-on-four play for the Penguins and Bruins.

11:03: The Penguins get their first goal of the game! Crosby sends a pass to Dupuis from behind the Bruins net, allowing Dupuis to slide it past Thomas at the left crease. This is Dupuis' third goal in four games and 16th of the season. Penguins 1, Bruins 1.

Marc-Andre Fleury (left), Matt Cooke (right)

Alexei Ponikarovsky left the ice with about five minutes left in the first period, but he re-joined the team on the ice at the start of the second.

14:17: The Bruins successfully killed the Penguins power play.

Boston's Michael Ryder gave the Penguins their first power play of the game after picking up a two-minute penalty for hooking.

16:48: Boston's Blake Wheeler sent a loose puck past Fleury at the crease. Craig Adams made a last minute effort to save the puck, but to no avail. Bruins 1, Penguins 0.

17:08: Staal is back on the ice after getting hit with the puck just minutes before.


17:45: Malkin gets a two-minute penalty for hooking, giving the Bruins yet another power play.

17:43: Former Penguin Mark Recchi sent a slap shot toward Fleury at the far circle, but the 25-year-old goaltender made the save.

19:20: Staal blocked a slap shot from Boston defenseman Dennis Wideman with his inside left ankle, which sent him grimacing to the bench.

20:00: The Penguins and Bruins are underway. Jordan Staal starts once again for Pittsburgh.


- The Penguins successfully killed off two Boston power plays and have 41 seconds in the second period to prevent the Bruins from scoring on their third power play.
- Chris Kunitz and Tyler Kennedy had six of the team's 10 shots in the first period.
- Jordan Leopold had two of the team's four blocked shots.

At the end of the first period, Pittsburgh dominated the Bruins with shots on goal, 10-3.

1:18: Ruslan Fedotenko gets a two-minute penalty for goaltender interference with just minutes left in the first period.

2:07: Jordan Leopold makes a pass to Pascal Dupuis at the top of the near circle, who sends the puck to Crosby next to the crease. Crosby makes a spin-around shot on Thomas, who makes the save.

5:01: Malkin races down the ice on a breakaway and leaves the puck for Crosby at the top of the far circle for a scoring chance. Thomas makes yet another great save for the Bruins.

Two Penguins fans stop to have their pictures taken before the doors open for the afternoon game.

6:19: The Penguins successfully kill their second Boston power play of the game and begin the next faceoff in the offensive zone.

7:20: Boston winger Blake Wheeler tries to send a slap shot past Fleury on the power play, but Brooks Orpik sacrifices his body in front of the net to prevent him from scoring.

8:55: Mark Eaton gets a two-minute penalty for high-sticking, giving the Bruins their second power play of the first period.

10:48: Malkin set up Fedotenko for a great scoring chance, but Thomas once again comes through for the Bruins and makes the save.

11:32: Sidney Crosby, who leads the NHL with 44 goals, nearly banks the puck into the net from the side.

12:18: The Penguins successfully kill the Boston power play. Pascal Dupuis is a big help, as he clears the puck twice during this time.


14:31: Brooks Orpik picks up a two-minute tripping penalty, allowing Boston to advance on the power play.

14:50: Evgeni Malkin passes the puck from behind the net to Ruslan Fedotenko at the crease, but Thomas blocks the shot once again.

16:10: Staal steals the puck from the Bruins' Daniel Paille at the Boston blue line to keep the puck in the zone for Pittsburgh. The Penguins generated a couple of scoring chances off of it but could not cash in.

18:36: Chris Kunitz gets two great chances to score on the Bruins with a wrist shot from the far circle and another shot on the rebound. Unfortunately for him, Boston's Tim Thomas makes both saves.

Jordan Staal starts the game alongside Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy.


3:00 PM: The Penguins complete their back-to-back home contests against the Boston Bruins. Bill Guerin will miss his third straight game as a result of his back injury. Eric Godard and Jay McKee will also be out of the lineup. For the Bruins, defenseman Andrew Ference, centers Vladimir Sobotka and Brad Marchand and goaltender Tuukka Rask will also not be playing.


Author: Caitlin Kasunich

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