NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Boston
(Monday, October 20th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Boston 1 (SO)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Evgeni Malkin's goal in the fifth round of the shootout lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Bruins, 2-1, spoiling Boston's home opener.
The shootout was tied at 1-1 after Boston's Phil Kessel got a backhander over a sprawled Dany Sabourin in the first round, and Pittsburgh's Petr Sykora slipped a backhander past Tim Thomas in the second.
In the fifth round, Malkin skated in wide and faked once before snapping a quick shot into the left side of the net. Marc Savard had a chance to tie up the shootout again, but Sabourin sent the puck wide to seal the win for the Penguins.
Sabourin, making his first appearance of the season, stopped 35-of-36 shots through the end of overtime for Pittsburgh, which has won two in a row. Miroslav Satan scored the lone Penguins goal.
Kessel had a power play goal for Boston, which has lost three of four, while Thomas made 31 saves.
Neither team cracked the scoreboard until Satan found the back of the net late in the first period. He had been in the penalty box for hooking, and came out with 1:15 left to play in the stanza.
The Penguins, meanwhile, had set up a rush, and Malkin's backhander was stopped, with the rebound going to the left side of the ice. Satan was there and sent the puck above Thomas' shoulder into the net with 1:09 left in the frame.
Pittsburgh held the lead until Kessel netted the equalizer in the second period. With Jordan Staal in the box for holding, Kessel accepted a feed in the center of the ice and ripped a shot through traffic and into the net, tying the game with 6:07 left.
Neither team scored in the third period, which was a defensive struggle. Pittsburgh had just five shots, while Boston had only four.
The teams had a three-on-three situation for the final 1:35 of overtime, as Staal and Savard went away on penalties, and a Boston defender even lost his stick in the final half-minute, but neither team could end the game in the extra session.
The Bruins had won the last two games between these teams. Boston was 2-1-1 against the Pens last season, and its last loss was a 4-2 setback in Pittsburgh on Dec. 23, 2007...The Penguins had scored a power play goal in five consecutive games but were 0-for-2 on Monday...Boston was 1-for-4 with the man-advantage.
10/20 22:24:28 ET