December 5, 2011

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Penguins


BOS – 2
PIT – 0

BOS – 19
PIT – 23

As Jack Edwards noted during the broadcast, it’s the Tim Thomas Show in Pittsburgh. But before we get to the netminder’s heroics, let’s cover Boston’s two tallies in the second period.

With 2:57 gone in the frame, Dan Paille chased after a loose puck behind the net and flipped it in front. Greg Campbell got a couple whacks it, while falling, and eventually beat Fleury to make it 1-0.

At the 7:18 mark, Rich Peverley made an outstanding play. The forward picked off the puck at center ice, made sure his linemates were ready to break in, set up Benoit Pouliot for a perfect snipe and helped establish a 2-0 lead for the visitors.

From there, Thomas took over. The 37-year-old veteran stood on his head, making a whopping 17 saves over the course of the period.

Majority of them came during Pittsburgh’s two lengthy 5-on-3 power plays, including a full two-minute, two-man advantage with under four minutes to go.

Rich Peverley and Benoit Pouliot both went for for interference penalties in the same sequence. Despite having five forwards on the ice, no Penguin could put a puck behind Thomas.

Brad Marchand got into some trouble early in the period. The winger slew-footed d-man Matt Niskanen and then went on to drop the gloves with him. Looked like No. 63′s first true jab to Niskanen’s visor left the undersized forward a bit stung. However, Marchand held his own in the bout.


BOS – 0
PIT – 0

BOS – 11
PIT – 6

Twenty minutes are in the books at CONSOL Energy Center where the Bruins and Penguins are scoreless.

Boston thought they’d gotten on the board in the opening minutes when Adam McQuaid found the back of the net. Unfortunately Chris Kelly’s presence in the crease was deemed to have kept Marc-Andre Fleury from making a stop. The goal was subsequently waved off.

Pittsburgh picked up the play from there. The Bruins became quite turnover prone in their own end and had zero room to operate against the smothering Penguins.

Tim Thomas had to come up with a few big saves during the frame, including a point-blank stop on Pascal Dupuis and a lunging effort to deny Sidney Crosby on the doorstep.

The third line of Kelly, Rich Peverley and Benoit Pouliot had a great period. They were overwhelmingly active in the offensive zone and helped maintain possession in Pittsburgh’s end on multiple shifts. Pouliot also drew a penalty to earn Boston a PP midway through the frame.

Boston’s best scoring opportunity caught iron, as a shot by Zdeno Chara from the point beat Fleury but rang off the post.