April 3, 2012

Post-Game Breakdown: Pens torch Turco, beat Bruins 5-3

By Jesse Connolly

Final: Pittsburgh 5, Boston 3

Recap: The Bruins found themselves in an early hole against the visiting Penguins, as Sidney Crosby and Paul Martin tallied to put Pittsbugh up 2-0. Benoit Pouliot cut the lead in half with a nice backhanded goal before the end of the frame.

Trailing 2-1, Boston tied things up quickly in the second, as a slick feed in the slot from David Krejci found Milan Lucic for the tying tally. But late in the frame, Boston got into penalty trouble. The Pens wound up with a 5-on-3 and struck twice to take a 4-2 lead into the third.

Pittsbugh pushed the lead to 5-2 when Aaron Asham beat Turco with 13:45 left in regulation. The B's had life again when Rich Peverley made it 5-3 with 11:56 to go, but that was as close as the Bruins would get.

Records: Boston 47-29-4, 98 points; Pittsburgh 49-25-6, 104 points

Key Play of the Game: When Marty Turco came back from Austria?  

In all seriousness, the moment Kris Letang flung his head back in order to get a high-sticking penalty on Rich Peverley was the turning point. Peverley went to the box, Pittsburgh embarked on a lengthy 5-on-3 and the rest is history.

Connolly's Commendations: While it may be wildly obvious, Lucic deserves props for his performance tonight. No. 17 not only had a goal and an assist but dished out a team-high six hits -- many of which were of the punishing variety.

Torey Krug looked pretty damn solid for a 5-foot-9 defenseman that had never played in the National Hockey League before. The former Michigan State standout finished the night with two shots on goal in 18-plus extremely proficient minutes.

Hey, you've got to give credit where it's due. Despite the fact that everyone in this building kept insisting that he sucks, Sidney Crosby proved otherwise on the ice. The Pens' captain had three points on the night.

Connolly's Critiques: It's been real, Mr. Turco, but I believe that's all she wrote for your NHL career. 

It was a rare, invisible night for No. 37 in Black and Gold. Patrice Bergeron finished minus-2, had no shots and won 10-of-20 faceoffs -- well below his standards.

Notes: This game meant squat to the Bruins in terms of standings. Crosby's last goal in Boston came way back in 2007.

Next: The Bruins will square off with the Senators in a potential playoff preview up in Ottawa on Thursday night.