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Final: Penguins tip Bruins, 3-2, in overtime

Posted by Barbara Matson  March 5, 2011 06:52 PM

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Overtime

Penguins win, 3-2, and Bruins' seven-game winning streak comes to an end as Dustin Jeffrey scores his second goal of the game at 1:52 of overtime, picking off a pass attempt from Dennis Seidenberg in the neutral zone and steaming in alone on Thomas for a quick shot and score. Bruins outshot, 39-31, in the game.

Bruins give up a 3-on-1 rush but Kaberle back in tome for a sliding block.

At 0:55, Thomas stops a direct shot from Paul Martin and holds on.

Third period

Bruins 2, Penguins 2 - With 32 seconds left in the third and Tim Thomas on the bench in favor of a sixth skater, David Krejci ties the game at two with his 10th goal of the season, finishing off a sweet passing sequence around the Pittsburgh goal from Lucic and Horton. The opportunity play was created moments earllier when Tomas Kaberle snapped his shin pads together and blocked Matt Cooke's shot at the empty net.

17:00 -- Thomas stuffs Staal from in close after Krejci giveaway in the Bruins zone.

Nothing happening here for the Bruins and only three and a half minutes left to do it in.

Dennis Seidenberg pancakes Kris Letang at the Bruins' blue line, allowing Krejci to get loose and feed Brad Marchand for a shorthanded chance from the left wing. Power play ends.

5:41 - Milan Luci takes a hooking penalty and the Pens get their second power play of the game.

Pens' Mark Letestu rides Tomas Kaberle off the puck deep in the Bruins zone, then moments later rings a shot off the left post.

Wildly energetic shift from Daniel Paille, who sets up a pair of scoring chances and just misses a tip at the left post on Johnny Boychuk's pass from the right point.

Second Period

End of second. Bruins lost most of their fizz in the period and were outshot, 15-11, That gives the Penguins a 29-20 advantage for the game, as well as the 2-1 lead.

11:19: Penguins 2, Bruins 1 -- Pens score their second goal in 1 minute 10 seconds when Dustin Jeffrey's quick snap shot skims along the ice under Thomas's pads.

10:09: Penguins 1, Bruins 1 -- Bruins give up a 3-on-1 rush and the Penguins cash it in, Jordan Staal finishing off a give and go with Tyler Kennedy with only Chara back on defense. Boychuk caught in the Pittsburgh zone.

7:26: Bruins, 1-0: Chara puts an exclamation mark on the big hits, scoring his 11th goal of the season. As he cruises down the slot, Chara gets a smooth backhand pass from David Krejci, who is just inside the blue line at right point, and rips it past Fleury. It's Chara's first goal since his hat trick Jan. 8 against the Hurricanes.

At the 4-minute mark, Milan Lucic and Lovejoy have a colossal collision deep in the left corner of the Penguins zone.

A minute later, Johnny Boychuk clobbers Matt Cooke into the boards behind Tim Thomas so hard it knocked the internet off my computer.

Chara back for the start of the second period.


First Period

First period completed with no scoring. Penguins outshot Bruins, 14-9. With about 33 seconds remaining in the period, Zdeno Chara left the ice and headed to the locker room. No report yet.

Incidentally, in the absence of Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell has been assigned the second "A,'' even though he does not have the letter on his jersey.

Well perhaps this is why Thomas got the call in net, instead of the expected game for Tuukka Rask. Thomas moving like quicksilver to hold off a swarm of Penguins descending on the net, and he's in position to deny a point-blank shot from Maxime Talbot, with 1:33 left in the period. As play bounced back toward the Penguins zone, Nathan Horton and Craig Adams drop the gloves behind the play for a quick fight. Horton seemed to be in control. Both get fighting majors at 18:31.

Pens complete another successful penalty kill. They are now 234 for 270.

13:08 -- Pittsburgh's Ben Lovejoy draws a penalty when forced to take down Tyler Seguin in the Penguins' zone. Bruins are 17.2 percent on the power play, 18th in the NHL. Pens' PK is first in the league at 86.6 percent.

6:09 - Tim Thomas makes his first remarkable save of the game, sliding out on his knees to stick out his gloves and thwart Craig Adams, who appeared to have a sure thing with the puck on his stick for a backhander in front of the net.

2:59 -- Michael Rupp and Shawn Thornton throw down, with Rupp getting the better of Thornton this time, and both players getting 5-minute fighting majors.

2:28 -- Great shift from Chris Kelly line, Michael Ryder swinging down the right side of the slot and firing a wrister at Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury dropped to the ice to make a pad save, only to have the puck rebound back underneath him. Kelly tried but failed to get to the loose puck in the crease.

Game under way.

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