The streak continues.
In a battle between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1, Monday night at Consol Energy Center. With the win, the Bruins are 14-0-1 in their last 15 games.
The infamous Matt Cooke scored the lone goal for the Penguins.
ENERGY LINE PROVIDES JOLT: The pace did not disappoint and the game remained scoreless after the first period. The second period began with the Bruins creating a quick flurry. Boston’s relentlessness resulted in the Bruins’ first goal. The energy line of Daniel Paille, Campbell and Shawn Thornton produced the first tally at 2:57 of the period. It was Campbell’s second goal of the season.
Pouliot, a first-year Bruin, is clearly comfortable and confident in his new surroundings and he’s capitalizing on his opportunities. He gave Boston a 2-0 advantage with a nasty wrister that beat Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury at 7:18 of the second period.
Seguin notched his 13th goal, giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead at 1:07 of the third.
KILL THIS: The Penguins had a pair of 5-on-3 opportunities, but Boston’s penalty-killing unit stifled the Pittsburgh attack. The Penguins’ first two-man advantage was for 1:40 but they couldn’t capitalize. Pittsburgh’s second opportunity was a full two minutes but Boston’s PK again did a solid job. Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg robbed the Penguins of a possible backdoor open net when he knocked away a loose puck to deny Steve Sullivan. Thomas made a total of seven saves during the 5-on-3s. Overall the Penguins went 0-for-5 on the power play and produced only eight shots.
DROP 'EM: The top two teams weren’t afraid to drop the gloves. The Bruins’ Brad Marchand and the Penguins’ Matt Niskanen went toe-to-toe after Marchand was called for tripping. The problem was Marchand’s penalty came right after Boston gained a 1-0 lead. During Pittsburgh's power play, the Bruins’ Zdeno Chara was called for interference, giving the Penguins a two-man advantage for 1:40, but Boston’s PK killed it off. At 11:08 of the third period, the Penguins’ Joe Vitale made contact with Thomas in the crease during a scramble in front. Campbell quickly jumped in and started swinging with Vitale. It was a spirited match and both players were stunned during the bout.
UP NEXT: After playing an emotional game against the Penguins, Boston won’t get much of a rest as the Bruins travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets Tuesday night. Due to the travel and back-to-back games, Tuukka Rask (4-3-1, 2.09 goals-against average, .924 save percentage) likely will start for the Bruins. Boston defeated Winnipeg 4-2 on Nov. 26 at TD Garden. The Bruins have not played in Winnipeg since the 1995-96 season.