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Unstoppable force, meet immovable object.The Boston Bruins held the Pittsburgh Penguins in check for the first 53 minutes of the game. But a goal from Chris Kunitz opened the flood gates and the Penguins closed out the final period with three goals in a span of three minutes and fifteen seconds and their sixth straight win.Billed as a possible preview to the Eastern Conference Final, the Bruins' top rated defense, allowing the fewest goals in the league, met the high scoring team in the Penguins.The Bruins got out to a 2-0 lead in the first period behind goals from Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin.With Boston on the power play for a too many men on the ice penalty by Pittsburgh, Zdeno Chara fired a one-timer from the right point that may have deflected in front before going off the cross bar and in the net. Later in the first, Patrice Bergeron found Tyler Seguin in the low slot. Seguin quickly corralled the puck and beat Marc-Andre Fleury with a wrist shot in the top right corner of the net. The Penguins almost got a goal late in the first from James Neal but Dennis Seidenberg made a sprawling stick save to deny Neal on an open net. The Penguins received a power play late in the first but the top ranked penalty kill would not allow a goal.Neither team was able to score in the second period and the Penguins squandered another power play chance after Brad Marchand went to the box for tripping Mark Eaton.In the third period the Penguins were granted a power play after a tripping penalty to Bergeron. Less than a minute later, goaltender Anton Khudobin was called for hi-sticking Chris Kunitz. Still, even with a 5 on 3, the Penguins were unable to score with the closest chance coming from Neal who hit the post. After Boston killed both penalties, the Penguins looked well on their way to succumbing to Boston's strong defense. But with under seven minutes remaining in the game, Chris Kunitz scored his ninth goal in the month of March to cut the lead in half. Deryk Engelland sent a return pass to Kris Letang who glided down the left face off circle before feed Kunitz for a one-timer. Kunitz's slap shot squeaked past Khudobin's left shoulder. After a TV timeout the Penguins came roaring back to tie the score. Beau Bennett passed the puck to Neal in the high slot who fed Brandon Sutter at the left face off dot. Sutter waited on the puck before firing a wrist shot past the glove hand of the goaltender. After Fleury made a save on a wrap around chance by Nathan Horton, the Penguins had the Bruins on the run, taking advantage of a tired team that had arrived late to Pittsburgh from playing in Ottawa the night before. Dennis Seidenberg erased Crosby who was trying to stick handle through the offensive zone. Sutter picked off Seidenberg's stretch pass, however, and headed towards the net. He delayed, allowing Boychuk to lay down before shooting the puck and beating Khudobin on the glove hand for a second time.Boychuk had a chance to tie the game with under ten seconds remaining but his shot hit the glass and the Penguins escaped with their sixth consecutive win.Crosby's point streak ends at eight games. He was held off the stat sheet for the first time since February 22nd.The Penguins are the first team to reach 100 goals.Anton Khudobin was 6:18 away from handing the Penguins their first home shutout loss since March 11th, 2011.Three StarsBrandon SutterChris KunitzZdeno Chara
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Poor Brandon Sutter. The Pittsburgh forward has been compared to his father, Brent, throughout his young NHL career. Will Brandon be as good as Brent? Which will have more points in the NHL when all is said and done? Brent hoisted the Cup twice, will Brandon? You get the idea.
Unfortunately for Brandon, these comparisons never stop - even when he was named the Player of the Game...
We here at Outside the Boxscore love trick shots and this one comes to us from the world of hockey as Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin showed off his scoring ability.
Watch as he flips a puck from center ice into a bucket near a goal with little effort:
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There is a new player atop the +/- ratings in the NHL. It is Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins or Sidney Crosby's left winger. He has a +22 +/- rating. While Kunitz is a good player a big part of his league leading +/- comes from playing with Crosby. Kunitz usually plays with Crosby except for the toughest situations where Crosby double-shifts without him.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien joined some elite company when his team defeated the Senators in a shootout Monday night.
The win was Julien’s 245th behind the Bruins bench, tying him for second place on the team’s all-time wins list (the man he’s now tied with, Milt Schmidt, has his number hanging from the rafters at TD Garden). NESN’s Naoko Funayama caught up with the B’s...
Probably the biggest win of the year. One of the best performances by Brandon Sutter. And Root sports screwed it up, badly:
Man, that banner is like a sleek Accelerator jersey. Black on black baby.
Bruins come into Pittsburgh on a three game winning streak after a shootout win against the Senators where Boston comes back from 2 down. It was a tough game for Boston, which doesn't bode well for their legs against the Pens. The only thing that helps Boston is that Malkin is back in Russia...
The Pittsburgh Penguins have prevailed in a number of close games during their season-high win streak, including last weekend's visit to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
With Evgeni Malkin likely out for a third straight game, the Penguins will try to get past the slumping Maple Leafs again and earn a seventh consecutive victory Thursday night.
Pittsburgh (19-8-0) has won by one goal...
Pittsburgh is a city that equals Boston in tougness, grit, and strength. It reflects in the rink. For the first time this season the Bruins go up against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is a top heavy team with elite NHL star power. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are the centerpoint of the team and among the players that represent the league. Ask a band wagon fan or a "casual"...
The Bruins may be without Chris Kelly for the long haul.
The team announced Wednesday that the third-line center will be out indefinitely after breaking his left tibia Monday against the Senators.
Kelly needed to be helped off the ice after a leg-to-leg hit with Ottawa’s Chris Neil. He did not return in Boston’s shootout win and did not dress for the team’s game in Pittsburgh...
After colliding with the Ottawa’s Chris Neil during Monday night’s Bruins-Senators game, the B’s announced Wednesday that third-line center Chris Kelly will be out indefinitely after a broken left tibia. Kelly needed to be helped off the ice and didn’t return to the game.
The recovery period is expected to be around six weeks, but with the shortened season it’s not inconceivable...
As far as dirty hits go, the jury is out on this one. But let’s examine the evidence, and note that the on-ice judges did not give Ottawa’s Chris Neil any penalty minutes after he collided with Chris Kelly.
Neil smashed Kelly with a knee-on-knee hit in Monday night’s Bruins-Senators matchup, sending Kelly out of the game. Coach Claude Julien did not give an update on Kelly’s...
You know Bruins, you really should learn to show up from the start for these important division games. Look, we know you're very generous and you like to spot overrated teams a couple of goals to boost their self esteem but you can't keep doing this.
Though seriously, we do admire your heart to come back from all these deficits. Great practice for the playoffs...
The excuses are there if the Bruins want to take them, but they have no one to blame but themselves after their latest third-period stinker.
The B’s came into Pittsburgh early Tuesday morning, just hours after playing an overtime game and winning in a shootout over the Senators. After scoring two goals in the first period, the Bruins looked like they were poised to come out of...
The Bruins are coming off of a impressive win over the Flyers in a very lack luster Bruins vs Flyers game. The Bruins shutout the Flyers 3-0 in the matinee hockey game. Pialle, Seguin, and Kelly all scored goals in the game.
Kellys goal came at a time when his line was struggling. With Jordan Caron back in the lineup the line is +1 and one goal in one game. While Caron might...