Boston holds on for the 3-0 victory as the Penguins conclude their four-game winning streak. Pittsburgh returns to Mellon Arena on Thursday to face the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m.
Boston ices the goal when Bergeron fires a two-bouncer almost the length of the ice into the empty net for the shorthanded goal. Bruins 3, Penguins 0.
The Penguins get their second power play as Thornton receives two minutes for cross-checking. Pittsburgh uses their timeout.
Fleury is on the bench and the Penguins have six attackers.
Crosby gets good body leverage and knocks Zdeno Chara to the ice in the Boston zone.
The Penguins put Crosby with Staal and Fedotenko in an effort to get back into the game.
At the other end of the ice Fleury again keeps the Penguins in the game by absolutely robbing David Krejci's shot from eight feet away with a diving glove save.
A dump by Goligoski takes a fortunate bounce of the boards and lands at the far post of the Bruins' net but does not cross the line.
The Penguins kill Guerin's penalty.
Wideman fell to the ice creating a two-on-one for the Penguins but Cooke shoots into the chest of Thomas.
Fleury makes a save on Bergeron's shot, the first of this Bruins' power play.
Guerin receives a cross-checking penalty.
Guerin just misses poking home the rebound of Kunitz's shot from the near boards.
Thomas fell to the ice in the corner behind the Bruins' net but the Penguins couldn't dig the puck out of the scrum to take advantage.
Fleury keeps the Penguins in the game with another great save on Begin.
The Penguins might be having trouble finding the back of the opposition's net but coach Bylsma appears to have found something with Staal, Kunitz and Guerin.
Conner tries banking a shot behind Thomas, but the acrobatic netminder is there yet again.
Congratulations to former Penguin Mark Recchi whose assist on Paille's goal was the 900th of his NHL career.
Derek Morris blocks a centering pass from Cooke to Crosby at one end and the Bruins transition quickly to the Penguins' zone as Mark Recchi sends Daniel Paille on a breakaway. He goes to the blocker side to beat Fleury. Bruins 2, Penguins 0.
Guerin stays with a puck despite tight checking from Wideman and fires an authoritative backhand toward the Boston netminder.
Staal continues to get chances, this time his rebound shot from just outside the crease is stopped by Thomas.
Ray Bourque, Hall of Fame father of the Penguins Chris Bourque, is being interviewed by the Versus crew. The elder Bourque is pleased with Chris' play through 40 minutes.
The Penguins will be attempting to improve their record to 3-4 when trailing after two periods.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Alex Goligoski leads all players through two periods with 18:12 of ice time.
- Mike Rupp leads the Penguins with three hits.
- Vladimir Sobotka's penalty 2:04 into the game has been the only infraction assessed to either team.
Boston takes a 1-0 lead into the final 20 minutes thanks to a Matt Hunwick goal. Boston still leads in shots, 17-15, but Pittsburgh gets the better of the shots in the second, 13-6.
Byron Bitz steps in front of a Rupp shot after the Penguins center steals a breakout pass through the middle of the ice.
The Penguins get significant attack time in the offensive zone as Staal wins a faceoff forward and stays with his original shot which was bloacked.
Dupuis and Mike Rupp combine to steal the puck behind the net and Dupuis attempts to stuff a shot behind Thomas but last season's Vezina Trophy winner was up to the task.
Cooke corrals a wraparound along the far boards and passes to Crosby open in the slot. Thomas uses his pad make the save.
Pittsburgh is outshooting the Bruins, 8-6, in the middle frame.
Dupuis shoots just wide taking a pass from Adams as that line continues to generate offense for the Penguins.
The speed of Conner and Adams leads to a chance for Adams to fire a slap shot through traffic, although Thomas was there again to make the save.
Thomas elects to catch and hold a wrist shot from the blue line by Guerin as the Penguins continue to buzz around the Bruins end and appear a shot away from tying this game.
Bourque feeds Skoula at the center point and his one-timer is off the pads of Thomas.
Thomas stays with a shot along the ice by Chris Conner as the Penguins start to take the momentum over.
Fleury continues to keep the Penguins in the games making a great save on a chance by Bergeron that appeared to be deflected on the way in.
Staal, Kunitz and Guerin cycle on the Bruins and create several scoring chances on the Penguins' best shift of the night.
Bourque makes a save on Ryder laying in the crease as the Bruins apply pressure in the Pittsburgh end.
15:04: Pascal Dupuis
intercepts a D-to-D pass by the Bruins behind the net and creates a great scoring chance for himself walking out of the near side of the net.
Kunitz makes Dennis Wideman pay the price behind the Boston net with a thunderous check into the boards.
Cooke's pass to Crosby in the slot just jumps over the Penguins captain's stick in the high slot.
Play resumes following the crediting of a Boston goal to Hunwick as a bouncing puck lands into the chest of Fleury.
At the next stoppage the horn is sounded from upstairs and replays show Hunwick's backhander did in fact beat Fleury. The clock will revert back to 18:24. Bruins 1, Penguins 0.
Boston thinks they beat Fleury but the goal is waved off by Bill McCreary. Defenseman Matt Hunwick had the shot.
Fleury kicks a long-range shot from Ryder to the corner with his right pad.
Again, the Penguins will be without Brooks Orpik
the rest of the game and are down to five defensemen for the second-straight game.
Action is back under way.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins will be without the services of Brooks Orpik
the rest of the way.
- The Penguins outhit the Bruins 12-8.
- Pittsburgh blocked six shots in the opening period, led by Martin Skoula's two.
A scoreless contest after 20 minutes at TD Garden. Boston has a 10-2 shots advantage on the Penguins.
Skoula does a great job staying with Patrice Bergeron on a one-on-one.
Thus far the Bruins have a 9-2 advantage on shots.
Both teams are doing a great job of denying the other puck possession once they enter the zone as a lot of the game is being played between the blue lines.
Staal barely misses the net on a two-on-one setup from Chris Kunitz
. At the other end Fleury denies Steve Begin from just in front of his crease as the two teams trade chances.
At the last television timeout Bylsma said in an interview with Versus he was pleased with the zone presence provided by the Craig Adams
unit last shift.
Mark Eaton steal a Shawn Thornton pass at the blue line and fires a long shot on Tim Thomas. Bourque applies forechecking pressure which leads to a steal and another quality shot. Bourque has a lot of jump playing in the city where he grew up.
Head coach Dan Bylsma tries Chris Bourque on a line with Crosby and Fedotenko.
Staal makes a nice back-checking play in the neutral zone to pick the Bruins' pocket and lead a rush into the Boston end.
14:19: Marc-Andre Fleury
stops Ryder not once but twice in the slot as Jay McKee dives to clear the rebound.
Boston kills off the penalty but the Penguins have good puck movement with the man-advantage.
Up front on the power play is Crosby, Bill Guerin and Jordan Staal
. Ruslan Fedotenko is on the left point and Alex Goligoski on the right point.
Vladimir Sobotka is penalized for tripping Martin Skoula.
Brooks Oprik lays Michael Ryder to the ice along the near boards of the Penguins' end.
The Penguins and Bruins faceoff for the first of two matchups within the next five days.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The Penguins will be looking to get their power play on track, as it has not scored a goal in five games.
The scratches for the Penguins are Evgeni Malkin
, Tyler Kennedy
and Kris Letang
. Boston will be without Johnny Boychuk and Brad Marchand.
In an effort to jump-start the offense head coach Dan Bylsma has changed his forward units. Here are the combinations used at today's morning skate:
The Penguins conclude a four-game road trip this evening when they take on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Pittsburgh looks to improve on their 12-5 record, best in Eastern Conference.