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BRUINS 26-11-5 (57 pts) PENGUINS 33-10-0 (66 pts)
Seguin Scores, B's Fall to Pens: Tyler Seguin was able to notch in his 16th of the year, but with only two seconds remaining after the goal, Pittsburgh was able to come away with two points in Boston. The Bruins are back in action against the Florida Panthers tomorrow afternoon at TD Garden with puck drop scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
3:20 p.m. - 3rd period snapshots: FINAL PIT 3, BOS 1
Marchand & Vitale Assessed Minors: With 3:58 remaining in the third period, Brad Marchand and Joe Vitale were assessed matching minors for slashing, yielding four-on-four hockey for two minutes. Neither team was able to sustain much pressure offensively, leading to the matching penalties to expire with the score remaining 3-1, with under two minute remaining.
Penguins Score: With just under 12 minutes remaining in the period, Matt Bartkowski was sent to the box for high-sticking, sending the Penguins on the power play. Soon thereafter, Kris Letang connected from the left faceoff circle to give Penguins a two-goal cushion for his fifth goal of the 2013 campaign. Jokinen is credited with an assist on the play giving him 1-2=3 totals in today's game.
Marchand to the Box, Iginla scores: At 3:25 into the third period, Brad Marchand was called for roughing and was sent to the box to serve his two-minute minor. Jarome Iginila was able to capitalize on the penalty notching his 12th goal of the year, which he was able to get by Tuukka Rask, five-hole. Jussi Jokinen now has a multi-point game with his assists (1-1=2), with Beau Bennett also credited with an assist for his 11th on the year.
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Next Game: The Bruins are back in action tomorrow against the Florida Panthers in another matinee game at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET.
2:21 p.m. - 2nd period snapshots: BOS 1, PIT 1
Jagr to the Box: With 45 seconds remaining in the middle frame, Jaromir Jagr was sent to the box for hooking after trying to get on the backcheck, putting the Bruins on the penalty kill. The Bruins were able to leave the second period without surrendering a goal to Pittsburgh's man advantage, but will start the third period with 1:15 to kill on the two-minute minor.
B's on the PK, then PP: The Bruins went on the penalty kill at 12:20 into the second period with Rich Peverley getting called for a high-stick as he made a turn up ice. The Bruins, however, were able to kill off the penalty keeping the game tied 1-1. Not long after the penalty expired to Peverley, Zdeno Chara was called for roughing after engaging with Matt Cooke along the boards and was sent to the box for roughing at 16:15 into the second. Just 55 seconds later, Jussi Jokinen was called for cross-checking to yield four-on-four play for a minute and five seconds before the Bruins would go on the power play.
Best Chances: With just over seven minutes remaining, the Bruins had one of their best chances of the second frame on a rebound attempt off of a Brad Marchand wrist shot from just below the right faceoff circle. Seguin was able to punch the rebound in just split second after the whistle was blown, with the referees calling off the goal immediately. Following the play, an exchange of shoves and face washes were exchanged behind the Pittsburgh net, but no penalties were assessed to either squad. It was the Bruins' best sustained pressure of the game, with relentless forechecking and a couple of shifts in a row with keeping the puck in the zone.
Penguins Tie It: At 5:10 into the first period, Jussi Jokinen was able to flip a loose puck just outside the crease up over a diving Tuukka Rask to tie the game up at 1-1. Jokinen earns his 10th goal of the year on the play with Matt Niskanen (10) and Tanner Glass (1) getting credited with the assists.
Horton Update: Nathan Horton will not return to today's game.
1:29 p.m. - 1st period snapshots: BOS 1, PIT 0
Soderberg to the Box, 4-on-4 Hockey: With 1:22 remaining in the first period, Carl Soderberg was sent to the box for hooking. 23 seconds later, Pittsburgh's Matt Niskanen was called for interference to even up the men on ice at four-on-four. The second period will start with four-on four play for 38 seconds, with the Bruins getting the man-advantage for 24 seconds afterwards.
Horton Drops Gloves with Iginla: Nathan Horton engaged Jarome Iginla at 17:56 into the first frame in a bout that was much shorter than the previous fight between Adam McQuaid and Tanner Glass (see below), but just as ferocious. Horton landed a big right in the quick bout, with both players eventually being separated and sent to the box to serve their fighting majors.
Kennedy to the Box: With just over five minutes remaining in the first period, Pittsburgh's Tyler Kennedy was sent to the box for slashing putting the Bruins on the power play for the second time in today's matinee. The B's weren't able to maintain the pressure they sustained on their first power play and failed to score, making them one-for-two on the PP in the game. Carl Soderberg, in his first-ever NHL period, got 1:37 of combined PP time on both of the man advantages for Boston.
B's go on the PP, Marchand Scores: At 9:31 into the first period, Matt Cooke was called for slashing putting the Bruins on the power play for the first time in today's game. Brad Marchand was able to convert on the power play for the B's on a smooth deke through Kris Letang, snapping a shot past Vokoun, to put the B's up 1-0. That goal marks Marchand's 17th of the year and the Bruins' 17th power play goal of the season. Credited with assists on the play were Zdeno Chara (11) and Tuukka Rask (first of the season, fourth of career).
McQuaid and Glass Drop 'Em: At 8:11 into the first frame, Adam McQuaid and Tanner Glass dropped the gloves in the Bruins' zone near the faceoff circle in front of Tuukka Rask and had a spirited bout with both parties landing a flurry of punches. The two, visibly tired, were escorted to their respective penalty boxes to serve five-minute majors.
B's Best Chance: Two times in under a minute (about about five minutes into the period), Patrice Bergeron redirected a Zdeno Chara slapshot that Pittsburgh's goaltender Tomas Vokoun was just able to get his body in front of to stop. Bergeron has shown a great net front presence in the first period with Chara doing a solid job of getting the puck through far enough to give Bergeron a chance to tip it.
Pregame: 12:03 p.m. - BOS vs. PITBRUINS WEAR POLICE CAPS FOR WARMUPS: To show their support for the heroic efforts of the all the Law Enforcement over the past week, the Bruins wore Police caps for pregame warmups.
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (17-8-4, 1.99 GAA, .929 Save %) vs. Vokoun (11-4-0, 2.58 GAA, .912 Save %). Rask is 1-3-0 with a 2.51 GAA and .909 Save % in four career games against Pittsburgh. Vokoun is 8-10-3 with a 2.54 GAA and .929 Save % with two shutouts in 23 career games against Boston.
B’S/PENS JERSEYS TO BE AUCTIONED: The Boston Bruins announced Thursday, April 18, that the Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins will auction off their game-worn jerseys, adorned with unique patches, from their game on Saturday, April 20, to support those affected by the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon. For the full release, visit www.bostonbruins.com.
B’S ANNOUNCE CARLTON AWARD WINNERS: The Boston Bruins will honor Natasha Rachlin of Noble and Greenough School and Ryan Fitzgerald of Malden Catholic High School and Valley Jr. Warriors (Eastern Jr. Hockey League) with the 2013 John Carlton Award on Saturday, April 20 during their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Named after the late Bruins scout and administrator who passed away in 1982, the John Carlton Award is given annually by the Boston Bruins to an outstanding male and female student-athlete. For details, contact Erika Wentzell (email@example.com).
BRUINS ON NESNPLUS: With the Bruins and Red Sox playing simultaneously today, the game between the Bruins and Penguins will be aired on NESNplus.
BRUINS VS PENGUINS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Penguins will meet for the 189th time tonight with the B’s holding a 103-59-21-5 record with a 725-584 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 62-21-6-3 in 92 games at home against the Penguins with a 387-258 scoring edge. In their last five games on home ice, Boston is 0-4-1 against the Penguins, with their last home win coming in a 3-0 decision on November 10, 2009. Boston’s current 0-4-1 home stretch versus Pittsburgh is the longest such winless streak in the lifetime series between the Penguins and Bruins.
BRUINS PLAYOFF TICKETS ON SALE 4/22: Tickets for the club's first three home playoff games of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs will go on sale on Monday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Tickets will be available for purchase at the TD Garden Box Office, on www.BostonBruins.com and via phone by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. The 2013 Boston Bruins playoffs are presented by Hallmark Health System.
150 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 149 consecutive regular season and expect their 150th sellout with today’s game against the Penguins. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
PENGUINS NOTEBOOK: Jarome Iginla became the 58th player in NHL history to record 1,100 career points when he scored a power play goal against Montreal on Wednesday, April 17…Pascal Dupuis enters tonight riding a season-high six-game point streak (3-7=10). Dupuis also enters tonight sixth in the NHL in goals (20)… Chris Kunitz comes into tonight one point shy of his 400th NHL point…Defenseman Paul Martin needs just two assists for his 200th NHL assist…Douglas Murray scored his first goal as a Penguin on April 17 against Montreal…
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 16-for-108 (14.8%, 25th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 126-for-142 (88.7%, 1st NHL)… Penguins power play: 36-for-150 (24.0%, 2nd NHL), Penguins penalty kill: 119-for-150 (79.3%, 25th NHL).