Rapid Reaction: Pens 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

March, 5, 2011
3/05/11
10:10
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BOSTON -- All good things must come to an end and that’s what happened for the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. Despite David Krejci tying the score with 32.5 ticks left in regulation against the Pittsburgh Penguins and earning his team a point, the Bruins fell 3-2 in overtime to snap their win streak at seven.

Dustin Jeffrey scored his second goal of the game 1:52 into the extra frame to give the Penguins the win. The loss also prevented the Bruins from pulling within one point of the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers, who lost to the Buffalo Sabres earlier in the day.

Zdeno Chara had the other goal for the Bruins, Milan Lucic had two assists and Tim Thomas made 36 saves in the loss.

Streak snapped at seven -- The streak is over. The Bruins saw their longest win streak since Dec. 12, 2008 to January 1, 2009 snapped at seven victories Saturday night. They gained 14 points in the standings during this recent streak and remain in second place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the Flyers and are five points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Northeast Division.

Krejci continues torrid stretch -- David Krejci continues to look more and more like the David Krejci of 2008-09, who had 73 points in a breakout campaign. Krejci tied the game with his 10th goal of the season with 32.5 seconds left in regulation and assisted on Zdeno Chara’s second-period goal. He now has nine assists and two goals in his past eight games. Of course, this torrid stretch by Krejci couldn’t have come at a better time after the Bruins lost Marc Savard for the season Feb. 7. Since Savard shut it down due to another concussion, Krejci has 15 points in 12 games.

Chara ends 19-game scoring drought -- Zdeno Chara’s goal at 7:26 of the second period was his first lamplighter in 19 games. Chara’s last goal came against the Hurricanes on Jan. 17, when he notched a hat-trick in a 7-0 win. The goal was also his first point in his past six games. Chara now has eleven goals and 21 assists for 32 points.

Lucic contributing in many ways -- Milan Lucic had two assists Saturday and now has nine points in his past six games with an assist on Zdeno Chara’s second-period goal. But, courtesy of the Boston Bruins media relations staff, we give you this interesting tidbit: Of the 23 players in the NHL who have scored 25 or more goals this season, Lucic -- who has 28 -- is the only one with five or more fighting majors after scoring his 28th of the season and getting into his fifth fight Thursday.

Kampfer and Bergeron out; Bartkowski and Seguin in -- With Patrice Bergeron (personal reasons) and defenseman Steven Kampfer (concussion) out, Tyler Seguin was back in the lineup, as well as defenseman Matt Bartkowski, who was called up on an emergency basis. Seguin played right wing on a line with Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder, while Bartkowski was paired with Dennis Seidenberg on the blue line. Here’s what the rest of the forward lines and defensive pairings looked like Saturday night:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Rich Peverley-Mark Recchi
Michael Ryder-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Adam McQuaid
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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