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Bruins 5, Penguins 4, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 5, Penguins 4, SO
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Boston Bruins 5

BOSTON (AP) -Phil Kessel stole the spotlight from Sidney Crosby's first game in Boston this season.

In his sixth game back after missing nearly a month following surgery for testicular cancer, Kessel scored a winning goal in the shootout to lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-4 victory over Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

"He is a great player - fast and has a great shot," Crosby said. "I know he's been through a lot of adversity, so that says a lot about his character."

Hannu Toivonen recovered from a shaky first two periods to record his first win in three months for the Bruins. Toivonen, whose last win came on Oct. 19 against Calgary, allowed four goals on 21 shots through two periods before saving 12 shots in the third to force overtime.

After allowing Erik Christensen to score on Pittsburgh's first shootout attempt, Toivonen turned back Evgeni Malkin, Crosby and Sergei Gonchar to make way for Kessel.

"I thought it was the right moment, the stage was set," Boston coach Dave Lewis said. "I had a lot of choices, so I can't take credit."

Kessel faked left and went right to beat Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and lead the Bruins to just their third win in 10 games.

Kessel, the fifth pick of the 2006 NHL draft, also scored the game-winner in a 4-3 shootout win over Tampa Bay on Nov. 30. He also had two goals in Boston's 6-3 loss at Buffalo on Wednesday night.

The Bruins overcame a two-goal game from Malkin, who leads NHL rookies in goals and points, to climb back from deficits of 2-0 and 4-3 and beat the Penguins for the ninth straight time. Pittsburgh's last win against Boston came on Nov. 1, 2003, and its last win in Boston was Feb. 8, 2003.

Glen Murray, Brad Stuart and Marco Sturm also scored in regulation for Boston.

"We don't have any Malkins, Crosbys or (Alexander) Ovechkins that are going to win games by themselves," Murray said. "It has to be a team effort."

Jordan Staal had a goal and an assist and Ryan Malone also scored for the Penguins.

Pittsburgh led 4-3 midway through the third period, but was unable to capitalize on a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 1 minute, 54 seconds. Toivonen survived a Pittsburgh flurry, and Crosby, the NHL's leading scorer, hit the top post on the Penguins' best scoring chance during the power play.

"As a player you recognize that this is one of the moments that's going to decide the hockey game," Toivonen said. "It was a tremendous boost for us because if they went ahead 5-3, the game would have been over."

Following the Pittsburgh advantage, Savard rebounded a Murray shot and beat an out-of-place Fleury to the right to tie it at 4 14:38 into the period.

Fleury saved 40 shots, including nine in overtime, but he saved just 2-of-4 attempts in the shootout to suffer the loss.

"It's always tough to give up two points against a team you're fighting with," Fleury said. "They had some lucky bounces. It's tough to loose a shootout."

Notes: Neither team committed a penalty in the first period. ... Malone is one point away from 100 for his career. ... Boston C Wayne Primeau missed his second game with a shoulder injury. ... Savard has recorded a point in five straight games.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:40
PIT
Ryan Malone (6) ASST: Sidney Crosby (46), Mark Recchi (27)
1 - 0 PIT
18:23
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (23) ASST: Jordan Staal (5), Rob Scuderi (7)
2 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
01:10
BOS
Glen Murray (22) ASST: Marc Savard (43), P.J. Axelsson (11)
2 - 1 PIT
09:04
BOS
PPG - Marco Sturm (12) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (32), Marc Savard (44)
2 - 2 Tie
09:41
BOS
Brad Stuart (7) ASST: Andrew Alberts (8), Shean Donovan (8)
3 - 2 BOS
14:39
PIT
PPG - Evgeni Malkin (24) ASST: Ryan Whitney (22)
3 - 3 Tie
18:12
PIT
PPG - Jordan Staal (14) ASST: Michel Ouellet (16), Erik Christensen (6)
4 - 3 PIT
3rd Period
13:38
BOS
Marc Savard (18) ASST: Glen Murray (15), Phil Kessel (5)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDPITBOSTOTAL
1E. Christensen
M. Sturm
1 - 1
2E. Malkin
P. Bergeron
1 - 1
3S. Crosby
M. Savard
1 - 1
4S. Gonchar
P. Kessel
1 - 2
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:25
PIT
Colby Armstrong  Hooking
07:15
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Roughing
07:15
PIT
Ryan Malone  Roughing
07:46
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Holding
10:54
BOS
Glen Murray  Hooking
14:12
BOS
Bobby Allen  Delaying the game
16:17
BOS
Jeff Hoggan  Interference - Goalkeeper
3rd Period
10:29
BOS
Hannu Toivonen  Delaying the game
10:36
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Hooking
OT Period
03:40
PIT
Sergei Gonchar  Interference
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 44TOI: 64:51
Saves: 40EV: 29 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
Hannu Toivonen
SA: 35TOI: 64:43
Saves: 31EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 2PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .886SH: 0 - 0