BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins showed that their power-play
success against Pittsburgh last month wasn't a fluke.
Jiri Slegr scored two power-play goals in a 35-second span in
the first period and Patrice Bergeron had a spectacular end-to-end
rush for another power-play goal in the second, leading the Bruins
to a 6-3 victory over the Penguins on Saturday night.
Boston is 4-0-4 in its last eight games. The Penguins had their
season-best, two-game winning streak snapped.
The Bruins have 11 power-play goals at home this season, eight
against Pittsburgh. They had four in the second period of a 6-3 win
on Oct. 22.
"Very similar," Thornton said of the two home meetings against
the Penguins. "We had our chances 5-on-3 and we capitalized. We
had the chances against them last time we played them. We had a
good power play."
In the Bruins' three games against Pittsburgh this season, they
have scored 6.3 goals per game; compared to 2.9 in the rest.
With Boston leading 4-1, Bergeron had the goal of night, and
maybe Boston's best this season. After collecting a loose puck in
his own end, he skated up the middle, pushed the puck between
defenseman Ryan Whitney's legs, collected it near the top of the
crease and slipped a shot past Caron for an unassisted score.
"I got a little lucky with the D-man, but got it back," said
Bergeron, who watched the replay of his goal on the video board as
the crowd roared.
"Unbelievable," Thornton said. "One against three. He really
split the defense. It was a great goal."
The Penguins were 1-for 10 on the power play, with Recchi
scoring late in the first period.
The Penguins started the season 0-4-5 before turning things
"We went right back to the way we were five games ago," Recchi
said. "We didn't compete. We weren't ready to play right from the
start. They were and it showed."
The Bruins jumped ahead 1-0 on Boynton's shot from the point 28
seconds into the game. With Boston skating with a 5-on-3 advantage,
Slegr then scored twice in a 35-second span to make it 3-0. The
first came from near the blue line and beat goalie Sebastein Caron
to the top left corner. Slegr's next shot was almost identical, but
came from the right point and again slipped inside the upper left
"We were out of sync for whatever reason," Pittsburgh coach
Eddie Olczyk said. "They got that goal right off the bat."
Recchi's power-play goal cut it to 3-1 late in the opening
period, but the Bruins broke it open in the second.
Thornton scored into an empty net when the puck caromed out
front after Caron was attempting to make a play behind the net,
making 4-1 at 7:29 of the second.
Thornton had a power-play goal 7:31 into the third
^Notes@ Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux was given an unsportsmanlike
conduct minor after being called for interference in the first
period. ... Caron was pulled after Bergeron's goal. ... Boston
defenseman Jay Leach, recalled from Providence of the AHL earlier
in the day, played his first NHL game.
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Arena: TD Garden Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Referees: Mike Hasenfratz, Dan O'Rourke Linesmen: Angelo D'Amico, Dan Schachte
Attendance: 17,565 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Nick Boynton (3)
Jiri Slegr (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Joe Thornton, Glen Murray
Jiri Slegr (4)
(Power Play) Assists: Sergei Samsonov, Patrice Bergeron
Mark Recchi (5)
(Power Play) Assists: Ryan Whitney, Mario Lemieux
Joe Thornton (5)
Assist: Glen Murray
Patrice Bergeron (4)
(Power Play) Unassisted
Joe Thornton (6)
(Power Play) Assists: Patrice Bergeron, Jiri Slegr
Lasse Pirjeta (3)
Assists: Mario Lemieux, Ryan Whitney