POWER-PLAY GOALS LIFT BRUINS TO 6-3 WIN OVER PENGUINS
BOSTON - The Boston Bruins scored three power-play goals in a 3:17 span in the second period to blow open Saturday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins posted a 6-3 victory to keep the Penguins winless through eight games.
The Penguins were whistled for a season-high 14 penalties and were out shot 47-21.
Nevertheless, Pittsburgh rookie Sidney Crosby tallied two more points to raise his team-high total to 11 (2+9). Crosby was held without a point in the Penguins' last game, which snapped his scoring streak at six games, but he responded Saturday with two assists.
Dave Scatchard gave the Bruins (4-5-0) a 1-0 lead 6:50 into the first period when he punched in a rebound past goalie Jocelyn Thibault.
Pittsburgh's Sergei Gonchar scored a power-play goal to even the score at 1-1 with 1:24 left in the first period. He took a cross-ice pass from Ric Jackman and ripped the puck past goalie Andrew Raycroft. John LeClair earned the other assist. It was Gonchar's first goal as a Penguin.
In perhaps the Penguins' worst period of the season, Pittsburgh (0-4-4) was whistled for eight penalties in the second 20 minutes. Boston out shot the Penguins, 22-5, in the frame and scored three goals on a two-man advantage and nearly added a fourth.
Scatchard scored his second goal of the night 4:46 into the second period on a two-man advantage. His power-play goal gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
With a two-man advantage, Sergei Samsonov boosted Boston's lead to 3-1 1:22 later.
Joe Thornton connected on another Boston power-play goal 55 seconds after that. Technically, the Bruins didn't have a two-man advantage on the play, but it occurred almost exactly as a second Penguins penalty expired.
Once again, the Bruins connected on a two-man advantage later in the period. With 6:06 left on the clock, Glen Murray ripped a shot past Thibault for a 5-1 lead.
Crosby nearly scored Pittsburgh's second goal of the night. He slipped through the Bruins for a breakaway, but his shot clanged off the near post.
Ryan Malone broke Boston's string of power-play goals with a tally of his own to cut the Penguins' deficit to a 5-2. Crosby and Ziggy Palffy earned assists.
With 6:05 to play, Brooks Orpik scored a goal on a delayed penalty to bring the Penguins to 5-3. Crosby and Palffy earned assists again.
Thornton put the game away for the Bruins when he scored a goal off a 2-on-1 with 3:37 to play.
The Penguins return home to Mellon Arena on Tuesday to meet the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m.
ICE CHIPS - Konstantin Koltsov, Josef Melichar and Steve Poapst were the Penguins' scratches..Wilkes-Barre/Scranton posted a 5-1 win over Binghamton Ryan Whitney and Michel Ouellet both scored two goals for the Baby Penguins, while Erik Christensen added another..Marc-Andre Fleury picked up the win in goal.