One of the highest scoring teams in the NHL was held at just three goals that came late in the third period to ultimately win it for Pittsburgh. The Bruins held the lead and the Penguins scoreless through approximately 55 minutes of a 60-minute game, but the Penguins were determined to work themselves back from the two-goal deficit they found themselves in. Within the last five minutes, Chris Kunitz began the flurry of goals with a slap shot then Brandon Sutter sealed the deal with two more he got past Anton Khudobin. Khudobin was brilliant as the back-up in goal for Boston giving goalie, Tuukka Rask, a much needed break from playing the night before, but just not good enough unfortunately for Boston.
The difference-maker was for the final goal, Boston defenseman and captain, Zdeno Chara, was not on the ice at the same time as Sidney Crosby who he had been shadowing for most of the game. Perhaps it was an oversight in line matchups or Crosby and the Penguins wore Chara down, but whatever it was, it worked and was a big factor in the Penguins’ win.
It’s interesting to note that the Bruins have lost the last three games that they’ve led through two periods including yesterday night’s matchup against the Penguins.
The Penguins are back at it on the road again tomorrow night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is the third and final matchup of the regular-season meetings between the two clubs. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 pm (est) tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre.