Bruins can’t complete comeback vs. Penguins
|10.30.13 at 10:38 pm ET|
The Bruins didn’t win the World Series or beat the Penguins on Wednesday, as they suffered a 3-2 loss at Consol Energy Center. The loss was the second straight for the Bruins, who now are 7-4-0 on the season.
Chris Kunitz scored on the power play in the second period, giving the Penguins the lead after they never led in last season’s Eastern Conference finals. The Bruins tied it early in the third on a Dennis Seidenberg shot that Patrice Bergeron tipped past Marc-Andre Fleury, but Brandon Sutter made it 2-1 with a sharp wrist shot that beat Tuukka Rask top shelf stick side.
Jussi Jokinen made it 3-1 with 2:02 left in the game, snapping off a shot high stick side to make it a two-goal game, but Jarome Iginla scored his third goal of the season with a one-timer at 18:17 of the third.
Matt Bartkowski was a healthy scratch for the fifth straight game, as he last played Oct. 17 against the Panthers.
The Bruins will host the Ducks on Thursday night at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Kunitz’s goal marked the third straight power-play goal the Bruins’ penalty kill has allowed. Furthermore, it meant that the last five goals the Bruins had allowed were power-play tallies for the opposition. Consider that the Bruins began the season having killed off 18 of 20 penalties through the first seven games but have gone just allowed six goals on 12 penalties the last four games.
– Shawn Thornton is a tough player who doesn’t cross the line — something he admits is a very difficult job — but he turned in a bad and dangerous hit in the third period when he shoved Tanner Glass into the end boards on a play in which he was whistled for boarding. Thornton obviously is not a malicious guy, but as Andrew Ference once said, bad hits have to be deemed as such regardless of who commits them.
– Speaking of bad hits, Brad Marchand turned in a not-quite-low-bridge-but-pretty-close-to-low-bridge hit on Kris Letang shortly after Thornton’s penalty. Letang actually was called for a dive on the play, which was a pretty questionable call considering the hit.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– As the Penguins got used to last spring, Rask was very strong early on. The Bruins’ netminder, who allowed just two goals in the Bruins’ four-game sweep of the Penguins last season, stopped Evgeni Malkin on a breakaway with a pad save after Letang connected with Malkin on a long stretch pass. He also fell on a puck that had bounced off the end boards and came back in front in the first period to keep the game scoreless.
Rask made a good save on Sidney Crosby on a partial breakaway with the game tied in the third, but he didn’t care for Crosby trying to follow up when he had the puck covered. Rask took a decent whack at Crosby, causing a scrum to form.
– Jordan Caron got in his first career NHL fight, dropping the gloves with Robert Bortuzzo in a rather boring bout. Caron only fought once at the AHL level, but it’s good to see him willing to engage himself in any way he can.
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