Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
TD Bank
News

B’s Steal One from Pittsburgh

Thursday, 01.18.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
X
Share with your Friends


B’s Steal One from Pittsburgh \r\n
Podcast: BruinsCast

Boston -- The Boston Bruins defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-4, at the TD Banknorth Garden on Thursday evening. Evgeni Malkin scored two goals for the Penguins, but it was Phil Kessel who scored the game winner in the shootout to send the Boston crowd home happy.

"I think he is playing with more…composure and determination," said Bruins head coach Dave Lewis of Kessel. "He's doing the little things that are important and he was really effective again today."

Despite Kessel's heroics, it was a tough start to the evening for the Bruins who were down in a hole, 2-0, early.

"We had no legs in the first period," explained Lewis. "We played yesterday, got in (to the Boston area) at a reasonable hour, but still you have to get your legs.

"And I thought we got our legs in the second period."

Pittsburgh's Ryan Malone put the Pens up 1-0 at 10:40 with his sixth marker of the campaign (assists to Sidney Crosby, Mark Recchi). Then, Evgeni Malkin notched his 23rd goal of the season at 18:23 when he beat Boston goalie Hannu Toivonen over the shoulder off a feed from Jordan Staal and former Boston College Eagle Robert Scuderi.

Pittsburgh's goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury, made six saves through the first 20-minutes and preserved the two-goal Penguin lead into the first intermission.

If you changed the channel (or left BostonBruins.com) after the first period, you missed an offensive explosion.

With their "legs" intact, the Bruins scored three goals to come back and take the lead, 3-2, but the Penguins scored two more to take over the lead going into the third period.

Murray scored his 22nd to put the B's within one at 1:10 and Marco Sturm (12th, 9:04) and Brad Stuart (7th, 9:41) both scored to put the B's up 3-2.

Unfortunately Malkin (24th, 14:39) and Jordan Staal (14th, 18:12) both notched goals on the man advantage and sent the Bruins to the locker room down 4-3 to the Penguins.

Savard, continuing to make a point about his exclusion from the All-Star team, scored his 18th goal at 13:38 (Phil Kessel, Murray) to knot the game with less than half a period to play.

But neither team gained the advantage in regulation and the contest went to sudden death overtime.

Despite Boston's best efforts, and a penalty to the Penguins, Fleury stoned the B's in the extra session and the game went to penalty shots.

Toivonen stopped Malkin, Crosby and Gonchar in the shootout to set up the game winner by Kessel.

"It's just a breakaway," said Toivonen of the shootout contest. "You go out, try and get a good gap and take their space away.

"You make them make the first move."

On this night, however, with Pittsburgh's phenoms Crosby and Malkin in the building, it was Boston's young star that stole the show -- albeit at the last possible moment.

"He taps you on the back," said Kessel of the moment when Coach Lewis chooses his shooters. "He says you're up."

"I think everyone (watches the shootout) just in case they ever have to shoot.

"(But) I felt confident going out there. I knew what I was going to do, and just went out there and did it," he said.

The Bruins return to action on Saturday versus Ottawa, a 7:00 p.m. start on NESN and WBZ.
Coors Light - To the Black, The Gold, and The Cold

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
3 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
4 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
5 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
6 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
7 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 62 18 27 5 45
L. Eriksson 62 15 21 3 36
B. Marchand 58 19 16 9 35
M. Lucic 62 14 21 12 35
R. Smith 63 12 23 12 35
D. Hamilton 63 10 25 1 35
C. Soderberg 63 10 25 7 35
T. Krug 59 11 20 8 31
C. Kelly 61 7 20 9 27
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 25 16 10 .920 2.35
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
Hallmark Health System
BRUINS FAN POLL
 
Friendly's - Official Family Restaurant and Ice Cream of the Boston Bruins
Jack Links
NHL Ticket Exchange
Dunkin' Donuts Ultimate Bruins Experience Sweepstakes   AMI Graphics   Geico - Aim for savings

Click the instant ticket and enter to win Second Chance Drawings