Boston Bruins Third Period Collapse Gives Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 Victory
The Boston Bruins suffered a monumental collapse at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night. Playing their second game in as many days, the Bruins jumped out to an early two goal lead before enduring an exhausting grind to the finish. In the third, the frustrated Penguins finally found their prize by way of three quick goals off the sticks of Chris Kunitz and Brandon Sutter to win 3-2.
Goals from Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin put the Penguins behind in the first period, despite the fact that Sidney Crosby and Co. were outshooting the Bruins by a wide margin.
Following a shootout victory over division rival Ottawa on Monday, the Bruins opted to rest star goalie Tuukka Rask in favor of the unproven Anton Khudobin. Khudobin was unbeatable for most of the game, finishing with 31 saves.
The tired Bruins refused to pose any offensive threat in order to shore up their defense as time ticked away. Their conservative strategy turned out to be their undoing. After inviting pressure for most of the game, the Penguins finally broke through by way of Chris Kunitz with just over six minutes remaining.
Brandon Sutter then won the game for Pittsburgh with two late goals. The first came from a James Neal one-timer and the second resulted from an ugly Dennis Seidenberg giveaway.
Now sitting atop the Eastern Conference, the Penguins await a Thursday visit to Toronto. The exhausted Bruins on the other hand will lick their wounds and prepare for a grueling stretch ahead. They will face Florida at home with four games on the slate in the next seven days.
The Bruins and Penguins will meet again on Saturday in Boston, with Claude Julien's bunch sure to seek revenge.
1. Brandon Sutter - PIT
Brandon Sutter scored twice in the third period to tie the game and secure two points for the Pens.
2. Anton Khudobin - BOS
Anton Khudobin made 31 saves despite the loss. He was brilliant for most of the game, giving his exhausted teammates a chance to win.
3. Chris Kunitz - PIT
Chris Kunitz's 18th goal of the year extends an incredible hot streak for the winger. It also brought the Pens within one and sparked the comeback.
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Boston Bruins 2, Final.
|Boston Bruins||Zdeno Chara (5)(Power Play)||Dennis Seidenberg, Rich Peverley||4:45|
|Boston Bruins||Tyler Seguin (9)||Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand||13:30|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Chris Kunitz (18)||Kris Letang, Deryk Engelland||13:42|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Brandon Sutter (7)||James Neal, Beau Bennett||14:33|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Brandon Sutter (8)||Unassisted||17:57|
Boston will get an offensive zone faceoff with a minute left. Here we go!
Khudobin heads to the bench. A great start turns into a nightmare!
The Boston Bruins have crumbled late in this game. They are clearly worn down. With 1:22 left, do they have a miracle left in them?
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Boston Bruins 2, 2:03 Third Period
BRANDON SUTTER GIVES PITTSBURGH THE LEAD ON A BIG STEAL. UNASSISTED! HIS SECOND GOAL OF THE NIGHT!
Boston Bruins 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 2, 2:30 Third Period.
This potential playoff preview is coming down to the wire. We could have overtime. Can Boston somehow pull off overtime victories on back-to-back night?
How are your nerves?
Boston is reeling now. Can they recover late in this game?
Boston Bruins 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 2, 5:00 Third Period.
BRANDON SUTTER TIES IT FROM JAMES NEAL. TWO QUICK GOALS EVEN IT UP!
We have a wild finish in store after a rocket shot from the scorching hot Chris Kunitz makes this a one-goal game.
Who would believe that midway through the season Chris Kunitz would trail Steven Stamkos by just one goal for the league lead.
Boston Bruins 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 1, 6:18 Third Period
CHRIS KUNITZ FINALLY PUTS ONE BY KHUDOBIN. His 18th goal of the year makes it a game once again.
Zdeno Chara just gave us a perfect example of why the Bruins are succeeding. Parked in front of his goalie, he deftly expelled a dangerous rebound to the perimeter to begin the breakout.
Boston's defense has withstood tremendous pressure with incredible grace tonight.
Boston Bruins 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 0, 9:00 Third Period.
Time is ticking down on Dan Bylsma's boys. They need to increase the urgency.
Boston's goaltending tandem may be as good now as when it feature Tim Thomas. Tuukka Rask has been Vezina caliber this season and Khudobin is proving that he step up in big games off the bench.
Pittsburgh nearly had one shorthanded with just rookie Dougie Hamilton back to defend the 2-on-1. Khudobin once again turns it away. This is definitively the signature performance of his NHL career.
Boston Bruins 2, Pittsburgh Penguins, 13:40 Third Period.
After taking two penalties, Boston has a power play chance. A third goal could put this game away.
Chris Kunitz is called for a trip meaning four-on-four momentarily. Boston survives the 5-on-3 situation with tremendous PK effort.
James Neal hits the post as the first penalty expires! SO CLOSE!
Kunitz and Ference do some shoving in front of the net. How many chances can the Penguins have before they strike the twine. A truly remarkable performance from Anton Khudobin.
5-on-3 for Pittsburgh after Chris Kunitz takes a high stick from Anton Khudobin. This may be Pittsburgh's best opportunity. They need to strike right now...
The Pittsburgh power play is circling. Is a goal imminent?
Boston Bruins 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 0, 16:51 Third Period.
Patrice Bergeron heads to the box for tripping Crosby. Moments earlier Tyler Seguin picked off a pass for a big shot from the point stoned by Fleury.
Khudobin stands strong against a Pittsburgh 2-on-1. He has been brilliant tonight.
An early go would go a long way for either team here in the third. If I'm Dan Bylsma I'm begging Sidney Crosby to set someone up in the next few minutes.
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