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Three takeaways: Bruins-Penguins

Posted by Bruins Daily Staff  November 26, 2013 12:42 AM

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Despite Sidney Crosby's game-tying goal with .3 seconds left in the third period, Zdeno Chara and the Bruins were able to defeat the Penguins 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

The Bruins welcomed Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins to Boston for the first time since the Bruins completed their sweep over the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final last season. With the Bruins holding onto a one-goal lead and seconds ticking away, Crosby tied the game for the Penguins with just .3 seconds left on the clock.

Despite Crosby’s late tally, it was the Torey Krug and the Bruins who got the last laugh as Krug’s rocket over the shoulder of Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fluery, helped the Bruins hold off the Penguins in what was a very entertaining 4-3 overtime win.

Here are Bruins Daily’s three takeaways:

Too much trust in Kevan Miller?

With Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid out of the lineup due to injuries, Kevan Miller has been getting a chance to showcase his talents, something he’s done very well. Playing so well has gained the confidence of Claude Julien, but Julien may have showed too much confidence in his young defensemen in the final minute of Monday's tilt.

Miller was paired with Zdeno Chara when Crosby found the back of the net to tie the game at three late in the third. Miller was caught watching Penguins forward James Neal along the half-boards. Neal would find Chris Kunitz who got the puck to Crosby just prior to Crosby’s tying tally.

It’s tough to blame Miller for the goal, but it’s a tough situation for a defenseman with just a handful of games under his belt to be in.

Despite being on ice for the goal, Julien had no issue with Miller’s game.

“Well he was solid. I think at that point it was the right defenseman. Johnny Boychuk had gone into the hallway there – he had gotten a puck in the throat – so he was a pretty reliable defenseman for us all night. So he was out there at the end and I thought he was a good player for us tonight. So again, sometimes you talk about experience but you also talk about merit; and he deserved to be there with the circumstances we were under at that time.”

Strange night for Sidney Crosby

He deflected Zdeno Chara’s shot into his own net to give the Bruins a third period lead, scored the game tying goal for his team with .3 seconds left, then was caught out of position for Krug’s game winning goal.

With the game knotted at two and just over five minutes to go in regulation, Chara sent a puck on net hoping for something good to come from it. Crosby tried to knock the puck out of midair with his stick, but instead, deflected the puck past Fluery and into the back of the net.

“That wasn’t a great play by me to go after it with my stick” said Crosby. “There was nobody in the lane. That’s the last thing that the goalie wants you to do, so shouldn’t have done that.”

After sending the game to overtime with his 13th goal of the season, Crosby was caught out of position allowing Krug a ton of space to skate in and fire home his first career overtime goal.

Loui Eriksson continuing to gain confidence

After just three points in eight October games, the month of November has been much nicer to Loui Eriksson. Eriksson scored once and chipped in with two assists in Monday’s win, giving Eriksson 10 points in 11 games during the month.

It seems like Eriksson is finally back to 100% after recovering from a concussion. Eriksson had one his best games as Bruin Monday night. The great performance came at the perfect time as the Bruins have been looking for Eriksson and his line to get going.

“Yeah, it feels good and I think there are still some things we can do a little bit better and find a consistency and play that every game” said Eriksson. “If we create chances out there we know we’re going to score goals. That has to be our mindset, just go out there and create chances and play the game we should and I think if we do that we will be good.”

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