SLEGR, THORNTON POWER BRUINS PAST PENGUINS
BOSTON – Jiri Slegr and Joe Thornton both scored two goals to help lift the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.
The Bruins have scored six or more goals three times this season – all against the Penguins. In those three games, Boston has outscored Pittsburgh 19-12.
Slegr, a former Penguin, came back to haunt his old teammates right away as his two goals helped the Bruins post a 3-1 lead at the first intermission.
Nick Boynton scored 28 seconds into the game. His shot appeared to deflect off a Penguins defender and sailed into the net past goaltender Sebastien Caron.
Once again, the Penguins encountered penalty problems in Boston. In the Penguins' first game in Boston on Oct. 22, the Bruins took advantage of four two-man advantages in a 6-3 triumph.
Slegr, who played in Pittsburgh from 1997-2001, cashed in for two goals in 35 seconds on a pair of 5-on-3 advantages.
He rocketed a one-timer past Caron on a two-man advantage 10:05 into the contest to boost Boston's lead to 2-0
Slegr fired his second goal of the game past Caron from almost the same point just 35 seconds later for a 3-0 edge on another two-man advantage.
The Penguins chipped back with a power-play goal from Mark Recchi with 3:41 remaining on the clock. His pass to Sidney Crosby deflected off a Bruins defender and into the net. Mario Lemieux and Ryan Whitney had other assists.
Thornton was the benefit of a lucky bounce to boost Boston's lead to 4-1. The puck took a strange bounce off the boards and bounced right to Thornton, who punched it into the net 7:29 into the second period.
Patrice Bergeron added a power-play goal 2:08 later. He sliced through the Penguins and flipped the puck past Caron, who was pulled in favor of Jocelyn Thibault after the play.
Thornton scored a power-play goal 7:31 into the third period to give the Bruins a 6-1 edge.
Lasse Pirjeta cut the Penguins' deficit to 6-2 with a goal 13:29 into the third. Lemieux and Whitney had the assists.
Recchi scored a goal with 3.8 seconds to play. Ziggy Palffy earned the assist.
ICE CHIPS – Sebastien Caron made his fifth-straight start in goal for the Penguins…Josef Melichar and Ric Jackman were healthy scratches for the Penguins…John LeClair was injured in the morning skate when he was hit in the face by a puck. He is out indefinitely...Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earned a 4-1 win over Philadelphia…Noah Welch, Dan Carcillo, Stephen Dixon and Matt Hussey scored goals for the Baby Penguins…Wheeling posted a 4-2 win over Johnstown…Brendon Hodge recorded a hat-trick to lead the Nailers, while Bo Cheesman added a goal…J.B. Bittner, a Pittsburgh native and Seton-LaSalle High School product, had a goal and an assist for Johnstown.