Bruins rally, stun Penguins 7-4
One way or another, it was going to be an interesting night in Pittsburgh.
Bruins fans waited with baited breath to see how their team would fare without center David Krejci. On the opposite side of the ice, Penguins fans hoped to see their team capture only their third home win in the new Consol Energy Center.
But it was Boston that breathed a sigh of relief after rallying in the third period to score five unanswered goals against contesting goaltender Brent Johnson.
The first period, full of both goals and fights, set the eventful tone of the evening. Two scraps broke out in the first seven minutes of the game, pairing Shawn Thornton against Eric Godard, as well as Gregory Campbell against Max Talbot.
Arron Asham recorded his first goal as a Penguin, but Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand quickly retaliated to give Boston the lead. Brooks Orpik, with help from Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, forced the teams to head the locker rooms tied after one.
It was a fairly even game through the second stanza, until the Penguins fired two wrist shots by veteran Tim Thomas to go up 4-2 with twenty minutes left to play.
But when Boston returned from the locker room, something had changed.
The B’s continued their trend of late-game domination this season and had five different players light the lamp in the final period to secure their victory. They have outscored their opponents 16-5 in third periods this season.
By the end of the night, 15 of the 18 Bruins skaters had notched a point, putting together a huge team effort to make up for the absence of Krejci.
In other Bruins news, yesterday, Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe reported that Savard is “expected to start skating with the Bruins in the next 2-3 days.”
The Bruins had the morning off before tonight’s matchup against the Montreal Canadiens, but look for Savard to begin practicing this weekend.
Montreal, who is currently 9-5-1, won five of six meetings with Boston last season, including all three games at TD Garden. The Original Six rivals faceoff at 7 pm EST tonight.
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