Final: Bruins 7, Penguins 4

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All done here at the CONSOL Energy Center. Bruins end 0-1-1 losing streak with impressive comeback 7-4 win over the Penguins.

19:34 — Lucic makes it 7-4 final with empty-net goal.

16:13 — Wheeler goal, off Recchi backhand feed off rear board, provides 6-4 lead. Tremendous effort by Recchi, forcing Michalek to rear board and stripping puck for perfect dish to oncoming Wheeler.


12:40 — Thornton snipe, unassisted, provides Bruins the 5-4 lead. Pulls away from Goligoski in Boston end, skates up right wing, and snaps in short-range wrister, short side on Johnson.

4:04 — Chara ties it, 4-4, joining rush and smacking knuckler past Johnson off quick dish off rush by Caron.

3:49 — Horton cuts Boston deficit to 4-3 when he plucks puck off rear boards, skates to left wing circle, wrists puck to far side.


19:37 — Penguins take 4-2 lead on power play when Stuart, attempting to block a Crosby centering pass, scores own goal (credited to Crosby). Frustrated Thomas slams paddle on ice. It was in Pittsburgh last year when Thomas punched wall after loss, starting his downhill slide.

15:44 — Penguins move out in front again, 3-2, when Kunitz puts back Stuart’s attempt to shovel puck out of crease. Shots: Pittsburgh 31, Boston 19.

Bergeron rings crossbar with a wrister from 30 feet out in slot. Second time in period Bergeron hears the ping of pipes.

McQuaid makes rare dash down offensive slot and nearly pots lead at 5:54. Less than 30 seconds later, the big defenseman squares off with Asham in third bout of the night. Slow to start, but it turns into a decent battle. McQuaid knocked down, jumps up, and throws. Three fights. None with Matt Cooke. Things that make you go hmmmmm.
Too bad Brian McGrattan’s in the minors. Lots of red meat on tonight’s diet.


First 20:00 in the books. Tied, 2-2.

16:58 — Penguins knot it, 2-2, on goal by ex-BC Eagle Brooks Orpik. Malkin closes to right post and dishes backhand diagonal to left circle, where Orpik one-times wrister before Thomas can cover left post.

16:24 — Bruins take 2-1 lead on first-class snipe by Marchand. Kunitz loses puck outside own blue line on pass intended for Crosby and Marchand wheels into left wing circle and unloads snapping wrister halfway up right post. First Boston lead in three games.

13:15. Nice desperation block by Ference at goalmouth, deflecting a Crosby followup after Thomas turns back Dupuis attempt from right circle on 2-on-1.

8:31 — Bruins knot it, 1-1, when Recchi roofs own rebound after sweet cross-slot feed by Seguin on power play. Letang in penalty box for hooking.

Third slow start in as many games for the Spoked-B. Penguins with 7-1 shot advantage in opening seven minutes.

Two seconds after a Thornton-Godard undercard, Greg Campbell and Maxime Talbot square off in another display of the sweet science. Bruins back down to three centers for next five minutes.

Good tussle at 6:33 between Shawn Thornton and Eric Godard. A longer reach for the 6-foot-4-inch Godard, but Thornton lands his share of blows. Linesmen let them go a little longer than usual, allowing the two titans to tire a little.

1:05 — Penguins, 1-0. Asham at doorstep, belts home rebound after Malkin stakes first swat off free puck from long drive by Martin.

About 10 minutes from puck drop, Bruins vs. Penguins, here the Consol Energy Center.


Newcomer Jamie Arniel just skated in warmups with the Bruins. No telling yet if he’ll make his NHL debut or if he’ll have to sit this one out in the press box. He was hustled here to Pitt when Michael Ryder withdrew early from Monday’s practice with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Update: Arniel is scratched. Bruins ride with Ryder.

Back soon with more from the city that loves Matt Cooke.

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