Frantic rally pushes Bruins past Pens
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Two months to the day of their last meeting, the Boston Bruins put on a repeat show by stunning the Pittsburgh Penguins with another late comeback.
With less than a minute left to play in the game, veteran winger Mark Recchi tallied his 200th powerplay goal and gave the Bruins the lead over the Penguins for the first time all game.
It was all the B’s needed.
Coming into yesterday’s matchup, Boston was looking to make up for a heartbreaking overtime loss in Montreal on Saturday and to secure their second win in six games.
The game was scoreless until halfway through the second period when Pittsburgh grinder Michael Rupp backhanded a sharp-angle shot past Tuukka Rask. After Recchi took a penalty a few minutes later, Kris Letang whistled a one-timer from the point to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead.
Things looked bleak for the struggling Bruins.
Despite their efforts, Boston failed to find the back of the net until the waning moments of the third when the B’s began their rally. At the tail end of the Bruins fifth man-advantage of the night, Zdeno Chara blasted a slapshot from the point to cut the team’s deficit in half.
Just 12 seconds later, the Bruins evened the score with a quick wrist shot from Brad Marchand, but it was a holding call on Jordan Staal that would seal the game’s fate.
The Bruins capitalized on the opportunity when Recchi swatted a rebound out of the air past Marc-Andre Fleury. Boston’s Gregory Campbell finished the night’s scoring with an empty-netter to give his team a 4-2 lead.
All four of the B’s goals came in the final three and a half minutes of the game, and Chara’s goal marked the Bruins first powerplay tally since December 28th.
The Penguins have now lost five of their last six games, and are 0-2-1 without Sidney Crosby, who is still out with a concussion.