Rapid reaction: Pens 2, Bruins 1
February, 4, 2012
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- The Bruins lost their second straight game Saturday with a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Evgeni Malkin and Matt Cooke scored for the Penguins. Joe Corvo was the only Bruin to solve Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 28 saves. Tim Thomas had 26 saves for the Bruins.
Frustration building as Bruins can't get offense going: The Bruins snapped their goalless streak with Corvo's tally in the third period, but they still appear to be frustrated offensively. They faced another great goalie in Fleury, but they need to create better scoring chances. Too many of their shots came from defensemen and from the perimeter, and no one was in position for second chances and rebounds. They need to get back to their brand of hockey: strong forechecking and rushing to the net.
Thomas does his job: Just as Tuukka Rask couldn't be blamed for the loss to Carolina on Thursday, Tim Thomas was not at fault for this one. Thomas made 26 saves and looks to be rounding back to the Vezina Trophy worthy form he flashed in November and December.
Corvo snaps goalless streak but exits after taking stick to face: Joe Corvo's goal at 6:45 of the third period snapped a 22-game goalless streak. Corvo's last goal came on Dec. 10, when he lit the lamp twice in a 5-3 win at Columbus. Those were his only other goals until Saturday. He now has three to go along with 17 helpers for 20 points. Corvo hasn't been as bad as his stats might indicate, but he has been inconsistent. To his credit, on Saturday he did more of what the Bruins wanted when they traded for him: He created offense. Along with his goal, Corvo had four shots Saturday. Unfortunately Corvo took an inadvertent stick to the face late in the third period and did not return.
Power failure: Just as their 5-on-5 offense has gone stale, the Bruins have had a power failure on the man-advantage. Since going 2-for-4 in the 4-3 comeback win over Ottawa on Tuesday night, the Bruins are 0-for-4 on the power play, with another 0-for-2 performance Saturday.
Caron called up but lineup remains the same: Jordan Caron was recalled from Providence (AHL) just prior to game time but did not play Saturday. Instead Zach Hamill remained in the lineup. Expect Caron to get a shot Sunday at Washington as Hamill's game has been uninspiring. Here's what the lineup looked like:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Zach Hamill
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid