|01.15.11 at 3:27 pm ET|
The Bruins were used to third-period success against the Penguins this season, but the tables were somewhat turned Saturday in a 3-2 Penguins victory.
With the Penguins entering Saturday having allowed nine third-period goals and scoring none against the Bruins this season, Jordan Staal changed Pittsburgh’s fortune by scoring at 3:25 of the third to break a 2-2 tie.
After falling behind, 2-0, on goals from Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, the Bruins got two goals 13 seconds apart from Dennis Seidenberg and Michael Ryder, though they failed to add more despite the 46 shots they got on Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury.
Tuukka Rask made 34 saves on 36 shots and fell to 4-9-1 on the season.
The Bruins will conclude their current fur-game homestead when they host the Hurricanes for a matinee on Monday.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Steven Kampfer left the game less than a minute into the second period and did not return. He took a high stick from Pascal Dupuis in the corner and left a small puddle of blood on the ice before exiting.
Kampfer was unable to disrupt Kunitz in front of the net on the Penguins’ first goal and was also on the ice for Dupuis’ tally, giving him a minus-2 rating in his 5:54 of ice time.
– With Sidney Crosby out still out for the Penguins with a concussion, Staal did the damage offensively for the Penguins. The 2006 second overall pick made the pass that bounced off Kunitz’ skate and into the net in the first period, while he scored his second goal of the season by backhanding one past Rask in the third period. Saturday marked Staal’s seventh game back since returning from a broken hand.
Matt Cooke also had a multi-point game, assisting both Kunitz’ and Staal’s tallies.
– Apparently the teams got the second and third periods mixed up. The Bruins, in something more typical of their third-period play vs. the Penguins this season, ended the second period on a high note with two quick strikes. The Penguins had not scored a third period goal against the Bruins this season prior to Staal’s goal.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Ryder has now scored in consecutive games, and both of them were big goals. After netting the tally that gave the B’s a 4-3 lead in the third period Thursday against the Flyers, Ryder came up big again, tying the game at two late in the second period Saturday.
The 30-year-old tied a season high for shots on goal in a game with seven. He also had seven on Dec. 20 in the team’s 3-0 loss to the Ducks.
– The brief injury scare for Marc Savard proved to be nothing. The center, who is just 21 games into his return from post-concussion syndrome, was down on the ice for about a minute in the third period and was visited by trainer Don DelNegro before leaving the ice on his own power. Savard returned to play on his next shift.
– Seidenberg had his second multi-point night in the last four games. He put the B’s on the board with a blast from the point in the second period that was aided by some fine screen-work by Daniel Paille. He assisted Ryder’s strike 13 seconds later.
On the season, Seidenberg now has 18 points.
|01.15.11 at 2:34 pm ET|
The Bruins provided proof that plenty can happen in a short period of time, as they scored two goals in 13 seconds and enter the third period tied, 2-2, with the Penguins.
After Pascal Dupuis scored on generous bounce off the end boards, the Bruins found themselves trailing by a pair of goals. Dennis Seidenberg got them on the board with a blast from the point at 11:28, while Michael Ryder fired a wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to tie it at 11:41.
Steven Kampfer left the game after getting hit in thecae by the stick of Dupuis. Zdeno Chara appeared to influence Dupuis’ stick on the play, and Kampfer left a small puddle of blood on the ice. Dupuis was given a double-minor, though the B’s failed to capitalize. They are 0-for-4 on the power play so far.
Through two periods, the Bruins are outshooting the Penguins, 26-25.
|01.15.11 at 1:47 pm ET|
Jordan Staal took a pass from Matt Cooke, and with Tuukka Rask’s attention on Staal, the former second overall pick sent a pass to Chris Kunitz in front of the net. The puck went off Kunitz’ skate and into the net, with a review of the play showing there wasn’t a kicking motion and that Kunitz had fanned on a shot.
The Penguins’ goal came shortly after Cooke got out of the box for an interference call. Cooke was sent off after barreling into a puck-less Adam McQuaid in front of the B’s net.
Gregory Campbell and Craig Adams provided the fisticuffs for the period, dropping the gloves at 15:10. Once Campbell got his right hand free, the B’s center landed several rights in succession.
The teams each have 12 shots on goal.
|01.15.11 at 12:10 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters prior to Saturday’s game against the Penguins that Tuukka Rask will start for the B’s. Rask’s last start came against the Penguins, as he earned a win in the Bruins’ 4-2 come-from-behind victory in Pittsburgh on Monday.
Milan Lucic will miss his third straight game with an undisclosed injury, while Andrew Ference will miss his first game of the season due to an upper-body injury. Ference, who played in the team’s first 43 games, left Thursday’s 7-5 victory over Philadelphia after the second period. Rookie Matt Bartkowski, who was called up from Providence on an emergency basis Friday, is expected to play in his place.
Bartkowski made his NHL debut on Monday in Pittsburgh, posting a minus-1 in 9:53 of ice time. He was filling in for Adam McQuaid and was returned to Providence the following day.
|01.14.11 at 3:39 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters on Friday that defenseman Andrew Ference is dealing with an upper-body injury, explaining his absence in the third period of Thursday night’s 7-5 win over the Flyers.
Julien said that Ference is “very questionable” for Saturday’s game against the Penguins.
“We’re hoping it’s minor enough that we’ll see him back soon,” Julien said.
Given Ference’s status, the Bruins on Friday morning called up Matt Bartkowski on an emergency basis from Providence.
|01.14.11 at 10:21 am ET|
The Bruins announced Friday morning that they have recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski from Providence on an emergency basis. The news comes after Andrew Ference left Thursday night’s game with an injury after the second period.
Bartkowski was called up on an emergency basis on Sunday and made his NHL debut against the Penguins on Monday. He was returned to Providence after Adam McQuaid made his return to the lineup on Tuesday. The B’s face the Penguins at home on Saturday.
|01.13.11 at 9:37 pm ET|
Steven Kampfer saw to it that the Bruins had the last laugh in a back-and-forth affair, scoring with just 1:34 remaining in regulation to give the B’s a 7-5 win over the Flyers at TD Garden.
The rookie scored his fourth goal of his career in dramatic fashion, capping a game that featured five lead changes between the two teams. Gregoy Campbell added an exclamation point with an empty net goal with 6.8 seconds left.
The Bruins came up with three third-period goals, getting timely tallies from Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder, and Brad Marchand. Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins. It was Chara’s second goal in three games, while Bergeron has now scored six over his last four.
Tim Thomas earned the victory, allowing five five goals on 35 shots.
The Bruins will face the Penguins in a matinee on Saturday.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins scored goals in the first 45 seconds of both the seconds. Bergeron redirected a Steven Kampfer shot past Boucher at 0:45 of the second, while Recchi tied it up just 38 seconds into the third.
Recchi got a very lucky bounce on his goal. With Boucher going to behind the net to play a puck that had been dumped in the zone, the puck bounced right off the end boards and in front of the net, where Recchi easily sent it into an empty goal.
– It was good to see Shawn Thornton challenge Jody Shelley in the first period. Thursday marked Shelley’s first game at the Garden since his shove from behind on Adam McQuaid that got him suspended for two games. The B’s didn’t have their chance to get back at Shelley after the play on Dec. 11, as he was tossed, but Thornton sent a good message with fisticuffs on Thursday.
– This can be a game that gives Marc Savard some confidence that he desperately needs. He was the star of the team’s 5-on-3 that led to Chara’s goal in the first period. He nearly scored himself in front of the net on the two-man advantage, but the puck was blocked by Recchi’s skate.
– Marchand has had success on the Merlot Line and second line this season, and it seems he can handle any sort of mix-and-match situation he’s thrown in. Greogory Campbell and Blake Wheeler contributed to the undersized winger’s ninth goal of the season.
– Nathan Horton is crawling back to being the asset he’s capable of being. He still has just one goal in his last 13 games, but he had three shots on Boucher through the first two periods and got a helper on Ryder’s tally. It still is Horton’s second game back from missing two contests with an undisclosed injury, but he’s back to playing strong games and just needs to see more production.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins squandered two leads in the game, one of which came in the third period. All in all there were five lead changes on the night, with neither team leading by more than one goal until Campbell’s empty netter.
– The five goals that Thomas allowed are the most he’s given up this season. The Vezina wasn’t at is top form, but he had to deal with lots of odd man rushes given up by the B’s.
The good news for Thomas was that he picked up his third assist of the season on Recchi’s goal. He now has three helpers on the season.
– Andrew Ference missed the third period, though it’s unclear what kept him from playing. We smell an undisclosed injury.
– Chara had a bad turnover in the second period that led to the Flyers tying it at two in the second. With the B’s up, 2-1, following a Bergeron’s goal, the captain took a shot from the point that was blocked and sent up to Nikolay Zherdev, who beat Thomas on a breakaway.