Playing without their captain for the final 42 minutes, the
Penguins overcame a two-goal deficit Saturday and beat the Boston
Bruins 3-2 on rookie Ryan Malone's goal at 2:10 of overtime.
"Everybody's got to pick up their game even more without Mario,
because he's such a significant part of our team," said Rico Fata,
who scored goals 4:48 apart in the third period to tie the game.
"When we lost him, we knew we had to fill the void, and the
guys did it."
Lemieux, who missed 54 games two seasons ago with hip problems,
left the game after playing 7:19 in the first period. It is unclear
whether Lemieux, who had an eight-game scoring streak snapped,
would be available when the Penguins play in Toronto Tuesday.
In overtime, Bruins defenseman Dan McGillis blocked Drake
Berehowsky's shot from the right point with his right skate, but
Malone cruised into the high slot for the rebound, firing a shot
that got past goaltender Andrew Raycroft.
"I had some earlier opportunities and didn't cash in on them,
so it feels good to help the team out," Malone said. "I was lucky
the puck was just sitting there."
Fata scored his fourth goal of the season at 7:15 of the third
period when he redirected Mike Eastwood's pass behind Raycroft.
"The offensive guys can't play their style. But what can you
do? You're not in charge of the officials," said Thornton, who
finished third in scoring last season but has just one goal in 11
games. "At the start of last year at least they were calling some
things. Now it's just, 'Give me a rope.'
"It's unfortunate hockey is going this way now. You'd think
somebody at the league office would kind of wonder what's going on
with the officiating, but nobody's throwing any questions up. I've
seen enough, that's for sure. As far as I'm concerned, I should be
able to get away with anything. I don't think all year I should be
called for a penalty."
Boston coach Mike Sullivan understood Thornton's frustration but
couldn't condone his actions.
"He is a big guy and because he does not fall down, they do not
seem to call the penalties," Sullivan said. "At the end of the
day he has to be more disciplined because that is what is going to
help us win."
The Bruins took the lead on Knuble's sixth goal in eight games
at 2:53 of the first period, and Axelsson made it 2-0 at 9:34 of
"I told our guys I couldn't be happier for them or more proud
of them," Pittsburgh coach Ed Olczyk said. "They stuck with it,
and when it looked really dark and bleak, we seemed to find another
The Bruins, who have yet to win a home game this season,
begin a three-game homestand Thursday against San Jose. ... The
Penguins' game in Toronto begins a five-game road trip. ... Boston
scratched Michal Grosek for the second consecutive game. ...
Pittsburgh scratched Milan Kraft and Steve Webb. ... Penguins'
defenseman Nolan Baumgartner was claimed on waivers by Vancouver
Saturday. ... Lemieux has one goal in his last 19 games dating to
last season and has failed to score a goal in his last 12 games at
home. ... Rolston's assist was his first point in five games.