NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Boston
(Thursday, January 8th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Pittsburgh 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Patrice Bergeron scored the winning goal on a power play late in the third period and Andrew Raycroft made 31 saves, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the FleetCenter.
Sean O'Donnell and Mike Knuble also scored for the Bruins, who have won two straight and are unbeaten in their last four (3-0-1). Boston has won consecutive games for the first time since November 14 and 15.
Martin Strbak scored the only goal for Pittsburgh, which was coming off a 4-2 win at New Jersey on Wednesday and lost for the fifth time in six games. Jean- Sebastien Aubin made 24 saves in defeat.
The Bruins were given a power play with 4:38 remaining when Konstantin Koltsov was whistled off for roughing, and Bergeron capitalized with his 11th goal to snap a 1-1 tie.
Bergeron carried the puck through center ice along the left wing and made a nice move around Marc Bergevin at the blue line. Bergeron skated into the left circle and snapped a high wrist shot past Aubin on the stick side.
Pittsburgh pulled Aubin in the final minute and Knuble scored into the empty net to seal the contest.
The Penguins had a goal disallowed just over three minutes into the third period. Boston failed to clear the zone and Milan Kraft got the puck to Tom Kostopolous, who took a shot on net from in front of the crease. The rebound bounced into the air and went off Kostopolous' shoulder.
It was initially ruled a goal, but a video review determined Kostopolous directed the puck into the net with his shoulder.
Raycroft stopped all 11 shots he faced in the third period.
The Bruins grabbed a 1-0 lead at 8:23 of the opening period on O'Donnell's first goal of the season. Sergei Samsonov carried the puck into the Pittsburgh zone along the left wing, stopped at the top of the left circle and fed a pass across. O'Donnell picked up the puck as he crossed the blue line, skated a few strides to the top of the right circle and ripped a shot past Aubin.
The Penguins managed only four shots in the first period, then fired 17 in the second and scored at the 6:29 mark to tie the game.
Brian Holzinger raced into the Boston zone on a 2-on-1 rush and sent a pass from the right circle to the left circle for Strbak, who snapped a shot inside the left post for his fourth goal.
Bergeron has seven power-play goals this season to lead all rookies...Boston captain Joe Thornton picked up an assist on the day he was voted as the starting center for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game...Raycroft added his second assist of the season on Bergeron's goal...Boston was 1-for-4 on the power play and killed off each of Pittsburgh's two chances with the extra skater.
01/08 21:44:41 ET