|BOS||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||6|
|PIT||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
GAME: Boston Bruins (27-14-11-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (11-36-5-3).
TIME: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have nowhere to hide.
Staring at a franchise-record 12th straight loss, the Penguins will also look to avoid becoming the fifth team in modern NHL history to lose 11 consecutive games at home when they take on red-hot Glen Murray and the Boston Bruins.
Pittsburgh had both of its streaks extended with Tuesday's 4-3 loss to visiting Montreal. The last team to lose 11 straight at home was Atlanta in 1999-2000.
"We're always thinking maybe, finally, this is going to be the night," Aleksey Morozov said Tuesday. "We played hard and we worked hard and did a lot of good things, but in the end, it wasn't enough."
Afterward, coach Eddie Olczyk suggested he's seen just about enough from a rebuilding team that hasn't won since Jan. 12 at Philadelphia, or at home since beating Chicago 1-0 on Dec. 29.
Olczyk was expected to take a weekend trip to scout the Penguins' Wilkes-Barre/Scranton farm club, and sounded as if he might return with some new players.
"If you see four or five guys who deserve to come up, maybe that will be the case," Olczyk said. "We have guys here who have plenty enough chances."
While the Penguins are cringing over the thought of setting dubious records, Murray and the Bruins are looking at Tuesday's game as another chance to continue their surge toward the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
A last-minute addition to the East All-Star team, Murray has played a huge role in a 5-0-1 run which has moved the Bruins within three points of the top spot in the conference and two of Northeast Division-leading Toronto.
The 31-year-old right wing has scored a goal in six straight contests, and has 10 goals and two assists during his eight-game point streak.
"You just have to be lucky sometimes," Murray said after recording a hat trick against the Penguins on Feb. 1.
Boston is 19-6-6-3 when Murray records a point. In the last five games, Murray has three game-winning goals and a tying goal. Before that, he had gone 15 games with only three goals.
"You ask anyone, when you get a couple of goals in a row it seems like you find the right spot," Murray said. "It wasn't going in for about a month even though I was getting chances. It goes in cycles, I guess."
Murray, who had a career-high 44 goals last season, scored once in Boston's 6-2 victory over Buffalo on Thursday, the Bruins' 13th win in their last 18 games (13-3-2).
|Feb 10 '04||BOS 6 at PIT 3||D. McGillis|
|Feb 01 '04||PIT 1 at BOS 4||G. Murray|
|Jan 08 '04||PIT 1 at BOS 3||P. Bergeron|
|Nov 01 '03||BOS 2 at PIT 3 - OT||R. Malone|