Thoughts, musings and observations from the Pens' 5-1 against the Boston Bruins at PPG Paints Arena.
*The Pens knew that playing against the Bruins (a team known for defensive structure and slowing the pace of the game) would be much different than their win Friday night in Carolina (a speedier team that likes to push the play). It was a different style, but the Pens had the same result, a lopsided victory.
*There wasn't much open ice for the Pens against Boston, but they were opportunistic with their chances. All of their goals were scored within mere feet of the blue paint. The Pens showed that they can score the gritty goals as well as the pretty ones.
*The trio of Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary has been the team's most consistent line since being assembled on Dec. 17 at Toronto. The triumvirate collected 4 more goals against the Bruins to give them 48 points (20G-28A) in 15 games.
*Sheary potted his 16th and 17th goals of the season while adding an assist for a 3-point night. He now has 6 goals in his past 4 games, and 9 points in that span. Sheary's breakout season continues and don't be surprised if it ends with him eclipsing the 30-goal mark.
*Since we are on the subject of Sheary, the Winchester, Mass. native made an incredible play that led to Pittsburgh's opening goal. The Bruins held the puck in the offensive zone when defenseman Brandon Carlo pinched to keep possession. Sheary beat him to the puck and quickly hit a streaking Crosby for a 2-on-1, which was finished by Rust.
*Matt Murray was brilliant for Pittsburgh. He won his 4th straight game with a 44-save effort, none sweeter than a blocker stop on David Backes during a breakaway in the 2nd period. Crosby coughed up the puck, which resulted in the breakaway. After the play ended, Crosby gave Murray a thankful tap on the pads. Murray was really strong with his post play, both in laterally defending and by planting his pad to deny shots from in tight along the ice.
*An issue with the ice surface at PPG Paints Arena caused an unusual delay in the contest. With 6:26 remaining in the 1st period a puddle near the boards in the Pittsburgh zone took so long to fix that the teams headed to the locker room for an early intermission. When they returned the teams played the final 6:26 of the 1st period, had a 1-minute break and then officially began the 2nd period.