NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Boston
(Saturday, November 5th)
Final Score: Boston 6, Pittsburgh 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Joe Thornton and Jiri Slegr each had two goals and an assist to lead the Boston Bruins past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Both of Slegr's goals came on the power play, and Nick Boynton and Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins, who are now on a modest two-game winning streak. Hannu Toivonen made 26 saves in the win.
"(Slegr) has been playing much better of late," said Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan. "He's really a creative guy and has tremendous offensive instincts. When he's on his game, he's as good as anyone."
Mark Recchi scored twice and Lasse Pirjeta also scored for the Penguins, who had their two-game winning streak stopped. Mario Lemieux and Ray Whitney each added two assists in the loss.
"No one played well tonight," said Recchi. "It was a team effort in the wrong way. You can't come into another team's building and not be ready to play."
Pittsburgh's Jocelyn Thibault made 13 saves in relief of starting goaltender Sebastien Caron, who allowed five goals on 18 shots faced.
Boynton put Boston up 1-0 just 28 seconds into the opening period with an unassisted goal and the Bruins would go up by two at the 10:05 mark after Slegr found the back of the net high blocker side with a shot from the high slot for a power-play goal.
Thornton had an assist on Slegr's first goal, giving him 17 for the year.
Slegr's second power-play goal came just 35 seconds later and was nearly identical to his first. Again, Slegr was open in the high slot and his shot beat Caron in the same spot, staking Boston to a 3-0 lead.
"We really jumped on them in the first period and that was the difference," said Thornton. "We had a good 60 minutes and our (penalty kill) played great and our power play clicked."
Recchi's power-play goal with 3:41 left in the first stanza made it a 3-1 game.
Boston extended its lead to 4-1 7:29 into the second. Glen Murray fired a shot from the left side, just outside the blue line, around the boards that Caron went to play behind the net. However, the puck took a funny hop and the puck bounced right to Thornton, who fired the puck into a wide open net, catching Caron out of position.
Boston continued to pour it on, again on the power play, as Bergeron carried the puck into the offensive zone, poked it through a defender's leg and snapped a shot past Caron's left side, chasing the netminder from the game.
Thornton added a goal at the 7:31 mark of the third period for a 6-1 lead and Pirjeta and Recchi both scored third-period goals to account for the final margin.
The Penguins were 1-for-10 on the power play, while the Bruins recorded four goals in 10 power-play chances...Thornton has seven assists and 11 points in his last five games...Boston's Sergei Samsonov had his five-game point streak stopped...Recchi has four goals in his last three games...Whitney has six assists in his last three games...Boston outshot Pittsburgh 32-29.
11/06 02:25:52 ET