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Final: Penguins 5, Bruins 3

Posted by Staff  April 3, 2012 07:23 PM

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20:00 3rd period: Penguins 5, Bruins 3
The Bruins had a few scoring chances down the stretch, but couldn't convert, leaving the two penalties at the end of the second period as the costly mistakes. The Penguins scored twice on the power play in the final two minutes of the second and that proved the difference. The Bruins play at Ottawa on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. before hosting the Sabres Saturday in the regular season finale.

8:04 3rd period: Penguins 5, Bruins 3
Lucic makes a perfect cross-ice pass to Peverly on an odd-man rush and Peverly puts away the one-timer.

6:45 3rd period: Penguins 5, Bruins 2
Boychuk went down on a scary collision with Asham and needed to be helped off the ice. Boychuk skated toward a loose puck when Asham went in for low contact and appeared to get Boychuk's left knee.

6:15 3rd period: Penguins 5, Bruins 2
Arron Asham tipped in a shot from Craig Adams as the Penguins cushion their lead.

1:20 3rd period: Penguins 4, Bruins 2
The Bs came out with an electric first couple of shifts in the third, but Seguin missed his third prime scoring chance of the night, shooting high and wide on a breakaway attempt. He's missed a breakaway, a two-on-zero and a wide open look on Johnson.

20:00 2nd period: Penguins 4, Bruins 2
The fans at the Garden didn't like the charging penalty called on Paille, but that's one that most refs will call every time, and it cost the Bruins dearly. The Bs had the edge during 5-on-5 play that period, and if they can rediscover that energy and get a quick one in the third, this game could still go either way.

18:59 2nd period: Penguins 4, Bruins 2
Still on the power play, Kris Letang finds Crosby wide open on a cross-ice pass and Sid the Kid pokes home the easy one-timer for his second of the game.

18:27 2nd period: Penguins 3, Bruins 2
Andrew Ferrence and Neal dropped the gloves near the end boards and went after it. Some hard hits in on both sides, but the fans here are on their feet.

18:11 2nd period: Penguins 3, Bruins 2
With the 5-on-3 advantage, the Pens kept working the puck around before James Neal flipped a wrister top shelf to put his team ahead.

17:20 2nd period: Penguins 2, Bruins 2
A few moments of craziness and suddenly the TD Garden crowd isn't so quiet any more. Danielle Paille was skating full speed and ran Matt Niskanen straight into the end boards. Niskanen was slow to get off the ice and walked straight into the locker room, while Paille was issued two minutes for charging. Nine seconds later, Rich Peverley was sent to the box for high sticking.

10:27 2nd period: Penguins 2, Bruins 2
Quick, accurate passes have led to a solid breakout by the Bruins tonight, which continues to create scoring chances. Krug nearly put his name on the box score with a heavy slapper from the point, but Johnson was there to shut it down. Encouraging play from the rookie thus far.

1:20 2nd period: Penguins 2, Bruins 2
Marchand and Seguin couldn't convert a 2-on-0 chance and the score remains tied. Marchand flung it over to his linemate, but Johnson made a quick glove save to tip the puck over the net.

0:18 2nd period: Penguins 2, Bruins 2
What a crafty, behind-the-back pass by David Krejci, who skated through the slot, drew both defensemen and the goalie, and dropped an easy put-away for Lucic. An unusual pair of slick goals tonight by the Bruins.

20:00 1st period: Penguins 2, Bruins 1
Back-and-forth opening period. The Bruins out-shot the Pens 13-10, but need to tighten up defensively and finish their chances.

16:57 1st period: Penguins 2, Bruins 1

Classic fancy-dancy Benoit Pouliot. Pouliot picked up a loose puck in the offensive zone, fought off a defender, deked to the outside and muscled a backhand top shelf, the puck zinging by Johnson's mask. The 15th score of the season for Pouliot, tying a career high.

14:58 1st period: Penguins 2, Bruins 0
Paul Martin earned his second goal of the season on a pure hustle play, beating Johnny Boychuk to a Tyler Kennedy rebound and smacking the puck just inside the crossbar. Martin's initial shot appeared on replay to be deflected on the way to the net, perhaps by Martin's gloves, but after review the officiating crew ruled it a "good hockey goal."

11:40 1st period: Penguins 1, Bruins 0
Seguin turned on the jets through the blue line and had a clean look at Johnson, but the 20-year-old couldn't make a smooth deke and Johnson poked the puck away.

7:41 1st period: Penguins 1, Bruins 0
With the 4-on-4 in play after Milan Lucic and James Neal took minor roughing penalties following a post-whistle encounter, Sidney Crosby took advantage of the extra space. Crosby was waiting all alone in front of the net when Pascal Dupuis put the puck on his tape, and Crosby doesn't miss from there. His sixth goal of the season in 20 games.

6:14 1st period: Penguins 0, Bruins 0
The Penguins have yet to record a shot on goal as the first six minutes have been fairly quiet. Krug coughed up the puck during his first career NHL shift and appeared to lose track of himself on the ice at times. Have to imagine the first-game jitters are just getting out of the way.

0:00 1st period: Penguins 0, Bruins 0
Marty Turco is between the pipes tonight and this could be his last start for the Bruins. Turco was signed on March 5 and is not eligible to play in the postseason, but he’s given Tim Thomas some much-needed rest. Thomas is not dressed tonight while recently-recalled Anton Khudobin will play the backup role.

The Penguins are also rolling with their No. 2, giving the nod to Brent Johnson (4-7-2, 3.15 GAA).

Torey Krug is making his NHL debut on the blue line paired with Johnny Boychuk. Krug was signed on March 25 to a three-year entry level deal with a base value just under $2.5 million. Never drafted, the 5-foot-9 defenseman gave up his senior season at Michigan State to join the Bruins. Krug was the CCHA Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Award finalist as a Spartan.

Tyler Seguin was presented NESN's Seventh Player Award before the game and a lucky fan was presented with a 2013 Mazda CX-5.

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