PITTSBURGH — With three third-period goals last night at the Consol Energy Center, the Bruins wiped out a 2-0 deficit and grabbed a 4-2 come-from-behind victory ovr the Penguins.
Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand, Mark Recchi, and Gregory Campbell scored in the third. Chara and Recchi scored on the power play. The Bruins had gone scoreless on the power play in the last five games.
“I thought going into the third, the attitude in here and the emotions in the locker room were really positive,” Chara said. “We all believed that we could come back. That’s what we did. We were just focusing on getting the first one. Then getting the second one right away in such a short span of time was huge to tie the game.”
After a scoreless first period, Pittsburgh struck twice in the second period. The Penguins’ first goal came on a regrettable misplay by Tuukka Rask. Grunt forward Michael Rupp carried the puck down the right wing, blowing past rookie Matt Bartkowski. From a sharp angle, Rupp tossed a backhander on goal. Rask should have been square to Rupp’s shot and blocked it without issues. Instead, an off-balance Rask lunged for the puck, which squirted under his left armpit and into the net at 11:39.
After Mark Recchi was whistled for tripping, the Penguins scored a power-play goal to double their lead. First, Evgeni Malkin, from deep in the right corner, spotted Kris Letang open at the left point. As Letang wound up for a one-timer, Chris Kunitz cut in front of Rask to take away the goalie’s vision. With Kunitz in his face, Rask could do nothing to stop Letang’s one-timer from picking the top corner over his glove at 15:12.
Later in the second, Recchi was called for hooking Jordan Staal in the neutral zone. Recchi was hit with an extra unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, giving the Penguins a four-minute power play. But Alex Goligoski wiped out part of the four-minute man-advantage when he was called for interference.
Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t face any sustained pressure. Fleury made his best save when he stopped Gregory Campbell’s redirect of a Zdeno Chara shot.
19:52 3d period: Bruins 4-2
ENG by Gregory Campbell.
19:10 3d period: Bruins 3-2
Mark Recchi with the PPG. Knocks in the rebound of a Michael Ryder shot. Comeback nearly complete.
16:49 3d period: 2-2
All tied. Brad Marchand goes in on the rebound of a Gregory Campbell shot.
16:37 3d period: Penguins 2-1
Zdeno Chara with the PPG.
11:46 3d period: Penguins 2-0
Milan Lucic is back on the bench.
11:25 3d period: Penguins 2-0
Milan Lucic to the room.
7:13 3d period: Penguins 2-0
Game-changing save by Marc-Andre Fleury on Tyler Seguin in front.
6:18 3d period: Penguins 2-0
Blake Wheeler exchanges jabs with Brooks Orpik. Didn’t like Orpik’s bump of Tyler Seguin. How about some hate?
20:00 2d period: Penguins 2-0
Canadiens wiped out a two-goal third-period deficit two days ago. Hard to see the Bruins generating same kind of firepower.
18:40 2d period: Penguins 2-0
Great save by Marc-Andre Fleury on Gregory Campbell’s redirect.
17:08 2d period: Penguins 2-0
Another penalty on Mark Recchi. Hooks Jordan Staal in the neutral zone. Recchi having a hard time keeping up. Then gets two more for yapping. Unacceptable.
16:07 2d period: Penguins 2-0
Big-time stop by Marc-Andre Fleury on Milan Lucic. Some post-whistle fireworks, as Marc Savard takes exception to a Brooks Orpik hit and jabs the defenseman with his stick. Matching minors to Savard and Kris Letang.
15:12 2d period: Penguins 2-0
Kris Letang hums a one-timer from the point high glove. Slick pass by Evgeni Malkin and good screen by Chris Kunitz. Penguins PP making it look easy.
11:39 2d period: Penguins 1-0
Michael Rupp beats Tuukka Rask with a sharp-angle backhander. Softie under the left armpit. Softie by Rask, but Rupp blew past Matt Bartkowski.
7:55 2d period: 0-0
David Krejci doesn’t care for a hit. Matt Cooke, naturally.
7:15 2d period: 0-0
Tuukka Rask with a sharp stop on Pascal Dupuis.
4:55 2d period: 0-0
Dennis Seidenberg is back on the bench.
3:55 2d period: 0-0
Dennis Seidenberg to the room. Looks to have a skate issue.
1:35 2d period: 0-0
Goalie interference on Patrice Bergeron. Tough call.
20:00 1st period: 0-0
Brad Marchand gives Evgeni Malkin at end of first and receives a slash in return. No penalties. Nice play by Andrew Ference to block a shot at the end.
18:41 1st period: 0-0
Marc Savard off for slashing. No need for that penalty.
16:50 1st period: 0-0
Finally, a decent PP look. Steven Kampfer with a point shot with traffic in front. Good stop by M-A Fleury.
16:05 1st period: 0-0
Matt Cooke off for high-sticking. Another PP coming.
15:47 1st period: 0-0
Tuukka Rask way out to stop Jordan Staal following Andrew Ference giveaway.
13:46 1st period: 0-0
Nice move here at the rink. Congratulations on the scoreboard for local boy Matt Bartkowski.
13:36 1st period: 0-0
Breaking news: nothing on the PP.
11:36 1st period: 0-0
First PP upcoming for the Bruins. Big fat zero in their last five games.
5:11 1st period: 0-0
Marc-Andre Fleury stops Milan Lucic. The left wing had zero shots against Montreal.
1:47 1st period: 0-0
Matt Bartkowski steps onto the ice for his first NHL shift.
0:00 1st period: 0-0
Nathan Horton and Adam McQuaid are out. Matt Bartkowski to make NHL debut against hometown team.