January 15, 2011

Bruins run out of comeback magic against Pens

Jordan Staal celebrates his goal in the third period of Saturday's game in Boston. (Getty)

BOSTON -- Given their pair of magical comebacks against the Penguins this season, many on hand at TD Garden anticipated a clutch third period goal by the Bruins. They're still waiting.

Despite 20 shots on net in the final frame and an immeasurable number of close calls, the B's couldn't squeak one by Marc-Andre Fleury for a third time on the afternoon. The Pens netminder finished the game with 44 shots, nearly single-handedly putting Boston's three-game winning streak to bed.

"Yeah, it is tough," captain Zdeno Chara said of the B's regularly having to overcome deficits. "I thought we had really good chances though. A few times we got the puck through to Fleury and it was so close that we just needed that little bounce but it’s tough.

"If you’re in that position that you always have to come chasing and trying to get that even goal or winning goal, it’s tough to do it every night. But I thought we were in good position still to tie the game."

After falling behind 2-0 early in the second period, the Bruins rebounded with two goals in the span of just 13 seconds.

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg got things going with a slap shot from the point, cutting Pittsburgh's lead in half.

"Well it was good pressure by the fourth line, I mean they were grinding it out," Seidenberg said of the play that led to his tally. "The puck jumped out, I just (shot) and 'Paillsey' (Dan Paille) had a great screen in front of the net so it went in."

Michael Ryder buried the tying marker shortly after Seidenberg's strike, helping Boston overcome a two-goal deficit against the Penguins for the third time in as many matchups.

"I was coming in down the wing and was trying to use him as a screen," Ryder said. "Fleury sees the puck most of the time and makes that save, so I was just trying to use the defenseman as a screen."

Ryder was a one-man firing squad on the afternoon, launching seven shots on Fleury in 19:35 of ice time. The effort was there from everyone up and down the lineup, in fact, but the B's comeback attempt -- an oft-successful venture in recent weeks -- fell short.

"I think that we generated a lot tonight," said Ryder. "We found the net and we were trying to get those rebounds. They did a good job clearing those pucks. They’re a good team on the other side and we knew that it wasn’t going to be easy. We battled right to the end and there were a lot of good things that we did."

Center Gregory Campbell knows the Bruins can keep their heads held high for their unrelenting effort in Saturday's tilt, as he acknowledged that not every game is going to go the Black and Gold's way.

"We had plenty of chances," said Campbell. "I thought we probably could have had a better start, nevertheless we battled back and we played pretty well. I mean they were battling and playing pretty hard too so sometimes it goes like that."