NHL Game Summary - Boston at Pittsburgh|
(Monday, January 10th)
Final Score: Boston 4, Pittsburgh 2
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Pittsburgh appeared to be on the verge of
victory, but the Boston Bruins pumped in four goals in the final 3:23 of the
third period to stun the Penguins, 4-2, at CONSOL Energy Center.
Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand pulled Boston even by scoring 12 seconds apart
before greybeard Mark Recchi supplied the go-ahead goal with 49.2 seconds left
in regulation. Gregory Campbell's empty-net marker sealed the victory.
"It was a matter of going back out there with confidence in the third," said
Boston head coach Claude Julien. "We felt that if we could get that first
goal, we could get things going. It took us a while, but the guys believed in
that philosophy and we went out there and we did it."
Tuukka Rask needed to make only two of his 23 saves in the third period for
Boston, which snapped a two-game losing streak and gained sole possession of
first place in the Northeast Division.
Pittsburgh got second-period goals from Michael Rupp and Kris Letang, while
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots.
The Penguins have lost three straight and six of eight overall.
Facing a 2-0 deficit, Chara ignited the comeback on the power play. With a
boarding penalty to Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik winding down, the
Boston captain unloaded a slap shot from the right point that beat Fleury on
the glove side.
Marchand lit the lamp at 16:49 to tie it.
After Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal went off for holding, Recchi gave the Bruins a
3-2 lead with his 200th career power-play goal, swatting in the rebound of
Michael Ryder's shot.
"They were hungry and they got a couple ugly goals," Rupp said.
Rupp put the Penguins on the board with a backhander from below the right
circle at the 11:39 mark of the middle stanza. Letang made it 2-0 at 15:12
with a one-timer through traffic from the left point and Recchi serving a
Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby missed his third straight game with a mild
concussion...Campbell, Patrice Bergeron and Dennis Seidenberg each collected
two assists for Boston...Recchi played in his 1,612th NHL game, tying him with
Ray Bourque for eighth place on the all-time list...Boston forward Marc Savard
played in his 800th NHL game...Defenseman Matt Bartkowski, a Pittsburgh
native, made his NHL debut for the Bruins...Boston improved to 7-1-1 against
the Atlantic Division this season.
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