After tasting the bitter taste of defeat at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens after leading 2-0 going into the final frame, only to lose in overtime thanks to two late third-period goals, the Boston Bruins looked to bounce back. And did they ever.
When last they met back in November, the Bruins were down by two goals going into the third period and they came back with a five goal flurry to take the Pens 7-4. With a defensively able team such as the Penguins, you'd think history would not repeat itself.
With two second period goals for the Pens, the Bruins couldn't seem to muster any offense against a defensively sound team coupled with a solid Marc-Andre Fleury.
Much like the Bruins against the Canadiens Saturday, the wheels came off Pittsburgh's wagon.
In the last 3:23 seconds of play, the Bruins came back with a flurry of four goals to take the win away from the Penguins.
No scoring in the first period.
Mike Rupp opens the scoring when skating up Tuuka Rask's left side and lifting a backhand to find the post and twine to give the Pens the lead.
A Mark Recchi tripping penalty gives the Pens an opening and they go for it. Kris Letang rips a shot form the point to extend Pittsburgh's lead to 2-0.
Here is where the wheels fall off for Pittsburgh:
Late in Brooks Orpik's boarding penalty, Dennis Seidenburg sets up Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara with his trademark blast from the point which finds back of the net. Although a roller, it gets there in a hurry. It seemed like Fleury nearly had it as it glanced off his glove. 2-1 Pens.
Just 12 seconds later, Brad Marchand ties it up. The Bruins win the face-off and immediately apply pressure in the Pens' zone.
Greg Campbell slaps one at Fleury which rebounds to his right to Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron, out of position, backhands it to Marchand who bounces it off his stick, to skate, to stick and to net. Game all tied at two.
In the final minute, Mark Recchi is at his home, the doorstep. Michael Ryder is low in the point and is stopped by Fluery, only to have the rebound find Recchi's stick. Recchi bats at it twice, making the second one count. The Bruins take the lead for the first time of the game with 49.2 seconds left.
The final nail on the coffin for this game is Greg Campbell's rather weak backhand when he trying to get past Letang. The puck manges to find its way. Final score: 4-2, Bruins.
The hustle and never-quit attitude of the Bruins. They stormed backed and have proven that they can create havoc in the waning minutes as long as they don't panic. Coach Claude Julien can reel the team in when needed and it seemed that he did this night.
The Penguins played a great game as well, but like the B's against the Habs Saturday night, you got to play 60 minutes if you want the game.
If the Bruins cannot play a full 60 minutes of play, they need to either score like mad in the first parts of the game or play defense and storm back in the last parts of the game. I don't like either option, but if they aren't going to pick it up for the full 60, this will have to do.
The last 3:23 of play. The Bruins had no business winning this game in regulation or OT— shoot out perhaps, but like the Habs game, the four goals in the final minutes should not have happened.
Next up for Boston are the Ottawa Senators at home, kicking off a four-game home stand. This will mark their third match up between the two, with both teams having split the season series thus far.
This is Cory Ducey saying "Hit Hard, But Keep It Clean"