An injured, tired Boston Bruins team that had just lost to the Washington Capitals less than 24 hours earlier put together another matinee loss, 5-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Much like in the game against the Capitals, the Bruins allowed the first goal and then let the other team extend their lead soon after. Arron Asham and Matt Niskanen both scored their fourth goals of the season four minutes apart. By the time the first period ended, the Bruins were down 3-0 on a James Neal power play goal and had been outshot, outhit, and basically out-Bruined by a non-Bruins team.
David Krejci did break Marc-Andre Fleury’s shutout in the second period and added the Bruins’ other goal later in that period. His linemates Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic assisted on both his goals.
Also in the second period, Tim Thomas was relieved by Marty Turco, who got his first chance to play as a Bruin. He did allow two goals, but he also made some great saves, including a cartwheeling move to stop Jordan Staal. If he was using this opportunity to prove that he could be ready to start, he did pretty well.
Pascal Dupuis added the only tally of the third to seal the deal and get the win. Also in the third, Evgeni Malkin laid a huge hit on Johnny Boychuk, riding him into the boards. Boychuk looked dazed and disoriented when he got back up, but did stay in the game. Malkin earned a two-minute boarding minor penalty. The case could be made for him to have to answer to Brendan Shanahan on that one, considering he did something similar in April 2010, but it is not yet a sure thing.
Injuries plagued the visiting team in this game. Max Sauve suffered a lower-body injury, Adam McQuaid an upper-body injury and Patrice Bergeron blocked a shot, playing just seven minutes total. All three of the newly injured will be accompanying the team on the next leg of their road trip, according to John Bishop.
The Bruins were tired, having played two matinees back-to-back on Daylight Savings Time weekend, and didn’t look like themselves for much of the game. As stated before, the Penguins easily out-Bruined the Bruins in many aspects and the physical response to Malkin’s hit on Boychuk was underwhelming for a team that usually protects its own.
Pittsburgh is actually an example of a team that has been bitten by the injury bug–not just to Sidney Crosby–but managed to bounce back and continue doing well. Boston, on the other hand, seems unable to fully cope with the injuries now running rampant through the roster. The standings don’t tell the true story of the Bruins’ struggles.
Perhaps the next game, March 13 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, will be better.