STUART SCORES TWICE TO LEAD BRUINS PAST PENGUINS, 3-1
Brad Stuart scored two goals Wednesday night to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.
The loss is the seventh in a row for the Penguins (12-34-11), who were outshot 38-17.
“It’s about performances starting with the first shift. I am really disappointed about the performance,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “It was an unacceptable performance – unacceptable. It’s not a matter of confidence; it’s a matter of hard work.
“There are certain things a coach could do. It’s up to the players to be prepared,” he continued. “It’s part of the responsibility to come and to make sure they come ready to play and ready to work. It was a bad performance.”
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury turned away 35 shots and made several acrobatic saves.
“Marc-Andre Fleury was phenomenal tonight,” Therrien said. “It could have been pretty ugly.”
Boston scored twice in the second period to grab a 2-0 lead.
The Bruins scored 7:05 into the second period when Travis Green lifted a shot past a diving Fleury.
Boston increased its lead to 2-0 with 3:52 left in the second when Stuart redirected a shot into the net for a power-play goal.
Stuart ripped a shot past Fleury 6:15 into the third period for another power-play goal and a 3-0 Boston lead.
Pittsburgh’s Tomas Surovy broke the shutout when he beat Tim Thomas with 1:31 left in the game. Eric Boguniecki blocked a shot and raced toward the Bruins goal with a defenseman draped all over him. He flipped the puck back into the slot to an open Surovy, who rifled it into the goal.
The Penguins return to action Friday when they head to Carolina.
ICE CHIPS: Michel Ouellet and Sergei Gonchar were the Penguins’ healthy scratches…Eric Nickulas and Jiri Slegr were the Bruins’ healthy scratches…Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Jeff Reed, long snapper Greg Warren and special teams coach Kevin Spencer took part in a ceremonial puck drop to start the game…The announced attendance was 15,603.