BOSTON (Ticker) -- One of the bumps in the road in the
Pittsburgh Penguins' early-season slump, the Boston Bruins
will attempt to maintain control of the season series when
the teams meet Saturday.
The Bruins posted a pair of victories over the Penguins,
including a 6-3 decision here on October 22, to contribute
to Pittsburgh's 0-4-5 start.
However, the Penguins have turned things around with three wins
in their last four games, including victories in the first two
games of a season-high five-game road trip.
Rookie sensation Sidney Crosby had the first two-goal game of
his young career in Pittsburgh' 5-1 victory over the New York
Islanders on Thursday. The 18-year-old had not scored a goal in
his last seven games but added an assist Thursday to increase
his team-leading points total to 18.
Crosby, who won NHL Rookie of the Month for October, has one
goal and four assists in the two meetings with Boston this
Captain Mario Lemieux and rookie defenseman Ryan Whitney each
had three assists Thursday for the Penguins, who have scored at
least three goals in seven straight games.
The Bruins have gained at least one point in seven consecutive
outings (3-0-4) and opened their brief two-game homestand with a
4-1 win over Florida on Thursday.
Playing without star defenseman Brian Leetch, Boston denied
Florida on seven power-play chances and never trailed after
rookie Brad Boyes scored 7:19 into the contest.
Leetch will miss a month with a strained right MCL, but the club
got a boost to its defensive unit when it hired Hall of Famer
Ray Bourque as a consultant Thursday. Bourque played 21 seasons
with the Bruins and ranks as the NHL's all-time point producer