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Greetings from Pittsburgh

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  November 14, 2009 10:46 AM

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It's over here at Igloo. Penguins win it, 6-5, with 1:24 gone in OT. Pascal Dupuis nails in his second goal of the evening to hand the Bruins a crushing loss.

Jordan Staal beat Dennis Wideman to a puck behind Tim Thomas, after Thomas stopped a rimming shot, and made the relay to the front of the net for Dupuis to stuff it home.

With 4/10 of a second remaining in regulation, ex-Bruin Bill Guerin ties it for Pittsburgh, 5-5, forcing overtime.

Guerin, streaking down the right side with time expiring, unloaded a quick wrister from the top of the right faceoff circle, beating Tim Thomas high to the glove side.


Bruins take the lead, 5-4, with 2:29 left in regulation when Zdeno Chara tees up slapper from far above left faceoff circle, less than five feet inside blue line. It is Boston's first lead of the evening, after chipping away leads of 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3.

Marco Sturm is credited with the goal, aftr tipping in the shot from midslot.


Helped by some penalty trouble from the Penguins, the Bruins tied it again, 4-4, when David Krejci swept home a rebound of a Zdeno Chara shot with 5:47 remaining in regulation.

The Bruins had a 5-on-3 power play for the tying goal, with both Matt Cooke and Sidney Crosby in the penalty box. Krejci, low in the left circle, calmly roofed in a rebound after Johnson first blocked one of Big Z's power blasters.


Pittsburgh again takes the lead, 4-3, when Mark Eaton snaps in a one-timer off a feed from Sidney Crosby. The Pens score off the rush, with Crosby picking up his second point off the night with a pinpoint relay from the left wing over the right faceoff circle to set up the shot.

Prime chance for Bruins to move ahead when Evgeni Malkin hauls down Zdeno Chara early in the third period and is charged with a tripping minor. But the Bruins go without a shot during the two-minute man advantage.

The Bruins are back again to tie, 3-3, at 15:02 of the second when Derek Morris unloads a wrister from above the left cirlce that deflects in off Ben Lovejoy's stickblade. Marco Sturm adds a screen in front of Brent Johnson. Good work by Patrice Bergeron, who alertly dishes the puck to an open Morris.

After 40 minutes, it's deadlocked, 3-3, with the Pens holding a slight shot edge, 26-23. Pittsburgh grabs the lead for a third time, 3-2, when Sidney Crosby moves to front of net and tips home Alex Goligoski's booming slapper from three feet inside the blue line.

The work is all done by Crosby, who hangs on to the puck deep in the right offensive corner, skating by Vladimir Sobotka and Zdeno Chara before he shovels to linemate Evgeni Malkin along the wall. Malkin relays to the shooting Goligoski and Crosby provides a magician's tip at the top of the crease, angling the puck under the crossbar.

Michael Ryder, without a point in his previous 10 games, connects with a wrister from the rightr side to pull the Bruins even, 2-2, for a second time on the night.

Ryder picks off Pittsburgh's attempt to clear the zone, taking possession of the puck near his offensive blue line, and snaps in a sharp wrister from the right circle

Trailing, 2-1, the Bruins open up the second by killing off the remainder of a Steve Begin penalty, making them 2-for-2 on the kill.

For all their goal-scoring woes, the Bruins have been tremendous on the kill, snuffing 14 of 14 advantages over the previous four games.

Pittsburgh grabs the lead for a second time, 2-1, when Pascal Dupuis picks up a rebound from a Ben Lovejoy shot and knocks it by Thomas as Matt Cooke bangs in front with Boston blueliners Andrew Ference and Mark Stuart.

An alert move by Lovejoy, the former Dartmouth standout (via BC), prevents the Bruins from clearing the puck out of the zone on the left side. Thomas manages a block of Lovejoy's long-range wrister, but none of Boston's forward picks up the fast-skating Dupuis as he zips into the mid-slot.

The first period ends with Steve Begin in the penatly box (slashing, 19:37) and the Penguins in front, 2-1. Shots tied, 15-15.
The Bruins knot it, 1-1, with 8:29 gone in first when Pittsburgh defenseman Mark Eaton errantly leaves his post in attempt to take puck away from David Krejci behind the net. Krejci takes advantage and dishes to right post for a Blake Wheeler jam shot.

With 10:07 gone, Tim Thomas keeps it 1-1, snuffing out a Sidney Crosby doorstep attempt after the slick pivots races in on a 2-on-1 with Evgeni Malkin. Frightening sight, those two on a break-in.


The Bruins will open tonight's action with their energy line-- Shawn Thornton/Steve Begin/Byron Bitz out for the opening faceoff.

Team captain Zdeno Chara will pair with Dennis Wideman for puck drop.

As expected, Tim Thomas is in net for the Spoked-B.

The Penguins are going with backup 'tender Brent Johnson in net. Christopher Bourque, Ray's eldest son, is on the opening line with Jordan Staal and former Bostonian Bill Guerin.

Only 1:42 into action and Jay McKee, with only three goals over the last three-plus seasons, roofs the 1-0 lead for the Penguins.

McKee keeps trucking down the right side with a short dish from Evgeni Malkin, works his way around Derek Morris and pots a nifty backhander to the top right corner, shortside (glove) on Tim Thomas.

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Matt Hunwick, Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron (ENG) all scored in Tuesday's 3-0 whitewashing of the Pens on Causeway St.

A busy weekend here in western Pennsylvania. While the Bruins and Pens are banging along the boards tonight, the UPitt Panthers will take on Notre Dame just down the street. And tomorrow, the Steelers play host to the Bengals. All in all, the city is expected to accommodate upwards of 200,000 paying customers to its sports venues this weekend.

The Penguins are on the ice right now for their morning skate, with ex-Bruin Bill Guerin darting around in drills.

Neither Milan Lucic (hand) nor Marc Savard (foot) made the trip with the Bruins. It's a possibility that Lucic will be available for game action late next week. Savard is probably at least 10 days away from returning.

The offensively-challenged Bruins, shutout, 1-0, by the Panthers Thursday at the Garden, will be looking to avoid a back-to-back blanking, something they've alread suffered once this season. They have scored only 41 time this season. In the Eastern Conference, only the Canes have scored fewer goals (37) this season. The Caps (73) and Sharks (67) lead the NHL's offensive charge this season.

Ex-Bruin Mike Knuble, now with Washington, fractured a finger Friday night in the Caps' 3-1 win over Minnesota. According to reports out of D.C, the big winger will require surgery and likely be out of the lineup for up to a month.

Chuck Kobasew, with one goal and a pair of assists since being dealt from Boston to Minnesota last month, did not play for the Wild Friday night in D.C. and is expected to miss another game or two because of an upperbody injury.

During the the workout, Boston's four lines remained the same:

Marco Sturm -- Patrice Bergeron -- Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler -- David Krecji -- Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille -- Vladimir Sobotka -- Brad Marchand
Shawn Thornton -- Steve Begin -- Byron Bitz

Ditto for the 'D' pairings

Zdeno Chara -- Derek Morris
Mark Stuart -- Dennis Wideman
Matt Hunwick - Andrew Ference

Tim Thomas was the first goalie off the ice following the workout, an indication that he will make a third straight start tonight in the Boston net. He has allowed only one goal in his last three starts (190 minutes).

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