Final: Penguins 2, Bruins 1

Wrapped in Pittsburgh. Penguins hold on with two first-period goals. Outshot by Bruins, 32-18. Nine wins in a row for Penguins.


Krejic exits with apparent knee injury with 5:14 to go. Suffers shot to knee on Johnny Boychuk slapshot. Needs assistance to get off ice, get to dressing room.

Midway through third. Status quo. Bruins with 29-17 shot lead.

Letang exits lineup in previous period. Pens now report he has lower-body injury, will not return.

Near 3-1 strike by Pens when Kennedy shovels at doorstep off Sutter pass. Strong save by Rask. Bruins porous.



Done through 40:00. Pens still with 2-1 lead, but with only 15 shots on net (to Boston’s 20). Pens on target to match low of year (22). Also on target for 9th win in a row.


6:50 to go, score status quo. Pens with only 12 shots all afternoon, but hold 2-1 lead.

Closing in on midway mark. Pens late goal in first making for uphill climb for Bruins.

No change here after 25:00. Pens with 2-1 lead.


First 20:00 in the books. Pens with 2-1 edge.

19:28. Penguins, 2-1 — Northeastern’s Joe Vitale, falling down, wrists shot to top right corner after Rask muffs long shot by Craig Adams. Pilot error by usually surehanded ‘tender.

16:38 — Bruins, 1-1. Seguin quick snap to open left side after Boychuk’s shot from above RW circle deflects out of crowd in slot. Nice snipe by Seguin. No. 10 of season. Boston’s 10th shot.

12:06 — Penguins, 1-0. Crosby nails in 15-foot slot wrister. Chara gives up puck behind net to Dupuis. Lucic fails to cut down Kunitz feed. All within seconds after faceoff in Boston end.

Pens have gone six minutes without a shot on net. Bruins lead shots, 4-2. Both sides pushing the puck. Good pace. Few scoring opportunities.

Good pace to start. Bruins in their own end for first minute of play.

Proud Canadian lads Crosby, Bergeron on opening drop.

Today’s ‘tenders: Vokoun for Pens; Rask for Bruins.

On-ice officials out and ready. Puck drop soon to follow.


Closing in on the Bruins’ 27th puck drop of the season. NBC-TV has the call at 12:30 p.m. Ch. 7 in the Hub of Hockey.

Boston’s power play is operating somewhat more efficiently of late, 4-for-17 (23.5 pct) in the last eight games.

For the season, the Bruins are much better at the PP when on the road (third overall at 25.7 pct). However, in their 13 games at the Garden, they have connected only 9.8 pct. of th time, better than only Carolina (7.8 pct.). Overall, 17 of the league’s 30 have had better success on the man-advantage.

The Bruins have the best penalty-kill mark (93 pct.) in the league, burned only once all year on the road, where they have killed an eyepopping 46 of 47 shorthanded situations.

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