April 3, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Penguins

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
PIT - 4
BOS - 2

SHOTS
PIT - 21
BOS - 20

Forty minutes are in the books here at the Garden where the Penguins lead the B's by a score of 4-2.

Boston knotted things up 18 seconds into the middle frame. David Krejci made a gorgeous, backhanded pass in the slot to Milan Lucic, who snapped one past Johnson to make it 2-2.

A penalty fest ensued in the closing minutes of the period, starting with a two-minute charging call on Dan Paille for his hit on Matt Niskanen in the corner. 

Just nine seconds later, Rich Peverley went off for a bogus high-sticking call, as Kris Letang flipped his head back well after Peverley's stick made contact with his shoulder. 

His antics gave the Pens a two-man power play and James Neal tallied to make it 3-2.

Andy Ference then dropped the gloves with Neal on the next shift, as No. 21 took umbrage with a hit by Neal on Johnny Boychuk.

With the Pens still on the PP, Sidney Crosby notched his second goal of the game to make it 4-2 with 1:01 to go.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
PIT - 2
BOS - 1

SHOTS
PIT - 10
BOS - 13

Despite havign squat to play for, the Bruins are hanging in there against the hungry Penguins. The B's trail 2-1.

Pittsbugh curiously started Brent Johnson, who didn't have to do much despite facing 13 shots in the opening frame.

Boston started Marty Turco, who allowed a couple silly looking goals. The first came off the stick of Sidney Crosby, who scored for the first time in nearly five years in Boston.

The second came off of Paul Martin (I almost typed Matt Martin, but he plays for the Isles), who had the puck bounce off of his hand/upper-body and past the goal to make it 2-0.

Thankfully Boston responded with a pretty sick backhanded strike from Benoit Pouliot, who roofed one over Johnson's left shoulder to make it 2-1.

Pittsbugh out-hit the B's by an 18-8 margin. 

PREGAME NOTES

KRUG TO MAKE NHL DEBUT: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug will make his NHL
debut tonight. The Hobey Baker finalist was signed by the Bruins as a
free agent out of Michigan State on March 25.

CARON, MCQUAID OUT: Bruins forward Jordan Caron will miss tonight’s
game with flu-like symptoms, while Adam McQuaid will miss his third
straight game due to an eye injury suffered in the B’s/Caps game on
Thursday, March 29.

SPOONER TO PROVIDENCE: Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner will join the
Providence Bruins on Wednesday, April 4. Spooner's Sarnia Sting were
eliminated in the OHL Playoffs by the Saginaw Spirit last week four
games to two. During his 2010-11 campaign, Spooner tallied 29 goals and
37 assists for 66 points in 57 OHL games split between Sarnia and
Kingston. He was originally drafted by the Bruins in the second round
(45th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

PENS NOTEBOOK: At 24 years old, Sidney Crosby is one point shy of
passing Jean Pronovost for fifth place on Pittsburgh’s all time
scoring list. The two are currently tied at 603 points… Evgeni Malkin
and James Neal's 87 combined goals are the most by any teammates in the
NHL...The Penguins have five different players (Malkin, Neal, Staal,
Dupuis and Kunitz) with 20+ goals, which ties them with the Chicago
Blackhawks for the second most, behind only the Bruins, who feature six
different players with 20+ goals (Bergeron, Seguin, Marchand, Kelly,
Lucic and Krejci)... Pascal Dupuis will be looking to extend his NHL
season high 14-game point streak (9-10=19) tonight.