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Pens-Bruins Live In-Game Blog

Tuesday, 11.10.2009 / 7:00 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling
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Pens-Bruins Live In-Game Blog
Track all the action from Pittsburgh's showdown with the Boston Bruins with our live in-game blog. Check back for stat updates, injury reports and other information.

0:00: Boston holds on for the 3-0 victory as the Penguins conclude their four-game winning streak. Pittsburgh returns to Mellon Arena on Thursday to face the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m.

0:03:
Boston ices the goal when Bergeron fires a two-bouncer almost the length of the ice into the empty net for the shorthanded goal. Bruins 3, Penguins 0.

0:20:
The Penguins get their second power play as Thornton receives two minutes for cross-checking. Pittsburgh uses their timeout.

1:01:
Fleury is on the bench and the Penguins have six attackers.

2:37:
Crosby gets good body leverage and knocks Zdeno Chara to the ice in the Boston zone.

4:45:
The Penguins put Crosby with Staal and Fedotenko in an effort to get back into the game.

5:21:
At the other end of the ice Fleury again keeps the Penguins in the game by absolutely robbing David Krejci's shot from eight feet away with a diving glove save.

5:47:
A dump by Goligoski takes a fortunate bounce of the boards and lands at the far post of the Bruins' net but does not cross the line.

6:33:
The Penguins kill Guerin's penalty.

7:26:
Wideman fell to the ice creating a two-on-one for the Penguins but Cooke shoots into the chest of Thomas.

7:39:
Fleury makes a save on Bergeron's shot, the first of this Bruins' power play.

8:33:
Guerin receives a cross-checking penalty.

8:50:
Guerin just misses poking home the rebound of Kunitz's shot from the near boards.

10:20:
Thomas fell to the ice in the corner behind the Bruins' net but the Penguins couldn't dig the puck out of the scrum to take advantage.

11:44:
Fleury keeps the Penguins in the game with another great save on Begin.

12:10:
The Penguins might be having trouble finding the back of the opposition's net but coach Bylsma appears to have found something with Staal, Kunitz and Guerin.

12:35:
Conner tries banking a shot behind Thomas, but the acrobatic netminder is there yet again.

14:34:
Congratulations to former Penguin Mark Recchi whose assist on Paille's goal was the 900th of his NHL career.

16:26:
Derek Morris blocks a centering pass from Cooke to Crosby at one end and the Bruins transition quickly to the Penguins' zone as Mark Recchi sends Daniel Paille on a breakaway. He goes to the blocker side to beat Fleury. Bruins 2, Penguins 0.

17:19:
Guerin stays with a puck despite tight checking from Wideman and fires an authoritative backhand toward the Boston netminder.

17:49:
Staal continues to get chances, this time his rebound shot from just outside the crease is stopped by Thomas.

19:55:
Ray Bourque, Hall of Fame father of the Penguins Chris Bourque, is being interviewed by the Versus crew. The elder Bourque is pleased with Chris' play through 40 minutes.

20:00:
The Penguins will be attempting to improve their record to 3-4 when trailing after two periods.

THIRD PERIOD

SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Alex Goligoski leads all players through two periods with 18:12 of ice time.
- Mike Rupp leads the Penguins with three hits.
- Vladimir Sobotka's penalty 2:04 into the game has been the only infraction assessed to either team.

0:00:
Boston takes a 1-0 lead into the final 20 minutes thanks to a Matt Hunwick goal. Boston still leads in shots, 17-15, but Pittsburgh gets the better of the shots in the second, 13-6.

0:06:
Byron Bitz steps in front of a Rupp shot after the Penguins center steals a breakout pass through the middle of the ice.

1:18:
The Penguins get significant attack time in the offensive zone as Staal wins a faceoff forward and stays with his original shot which was bloacked.

2:08:
Dupuis and Mike Rupp combine to steal the puck behind the net and Dupuis attempts to stuff a shot behind Thomas but last season's Vezina Trophy winner was up to the task.

3:39:
Cooke corrals a wraparound along the far boards and passes to Crosby open in the slot. Thomas uses his pad make the save.

3:54:
Pittsburgh is outshooting the Bruins, 8-6, in the middle frame.

4:23:
Dupuis shoots just wide taking a pass from Adams as that line continues to generate offense for the Penguins.

5:15:
The speed of Conner and Adams leads to a chance for Adams to fire a slap shot through traffic, although Thomas was there again to make the save.

6:08:
Thomas elects to catch and hold a wrist shot from the blue line by Guerin as the Penguins continue to buzz around the Bruins end and appear a shot away from tying this game.

7:45:
Bourque feeds Skoula at the center point and his one-timer is off the pads of Thomas.

9:43:
Thomas stays with a shot along the ice by Chris Conner as the Penguins start to take the momentum over.

11:17:
Fleury continues to keep the Penguins in the games making a great save on a chance by Bergeron that appeared to be deflected on the way in.

12:55:
Staal, Kunitz and Guerin cycle on the Bruins and create several scoring chances on the Penguins' best shift of the night.

13:38:
Bourque makes a save on Ryder laying in the crease as the Bruins apply pressure in the Pittsburgh end.

15:04:
Pascal Dupuis intercepts a D-to-D pass by the Bruins behind the net and creates a great scoring chance for himself walking out of the near side of the net.

15:51:
Kunitz makes Dennis Wideman pay the price behind the Boston net with a thunderous check into the boards.

16:56:
Cooke's pass to Crosby in the slot just jumps over the Penguins captain's stick in the high slot.

18:24:
Play resumes following the crediting of a Boston goal to Hunwick as a bouncing puck lands into the chest of Fleury.

17:04:
At the next stoppage the horn is sounded from upstairs and replays show Hunwick's backhander did in fact beat Fleury. The clock will revert back to 18:24. Bruins 1, Penguins 0.

18:24:
Boston thinks they beat Fleury but the goal is waved off by Bill McCreary. Defenseman Matt Hunwick had the shot.

18:46:
Fleury kicks a long-range shot from Ryder to the corner with his right pad.

19:22:
Again, the Penguins will be without Brooks Orpik the rest of the game and are down to five defensemen for the second-straight game.

20:00:
Action is back under way.

SECOND PERIOD

FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- The Penguins will be without the services of Brooks Orpik the rest of the way.
- The Penguins outhit the Bruins 12-8.
- Pittsburgh blocked six shots in the opening period, led by Martin Skoula's two.

0:00:
A scoreless contest after 20 minutes at TD Garden. Boston has a 10-2 shots advantage on the Penguins.

0:42:
Skoula does a great job staying with Patrice Bergeron on a one-on-one.

3:14:
Thus far the Bruins have a 9-2 advantage on shots.

5:07:
Both teams are doing a great job of denying the other puck possession once they enter the zone as a lot of the game is being played between the blue lines.

7:48:
Staal barely misses the net on a two-on-one setup from Chris Kunitz. At the other end Fleury denies Steve Begin from just in front of his crease as the two teams trade chances.

9:10:
At the last television timeout Bylsma said in an interview with Versus he was pleased with the zone presence provided by the Craig Adams unit last shift.

9:47:
Mark Eaton steal a Shawn Thornton pass at the blue line and fires a long shot on Tim Thomas. Bourque applies forechecking pressure which leads to a steal and another quality shot. Bourque has a lot of jump playing in the city where he grew up.

11:43:
Head coach Dan Bylsma tries Chris Bourque on a line with Crosby and Fedotenko.

12:45:
Staal makes a nice back-checking play in the neutral zone to pick the Bruins' pocket and lead a rush into the Boston end.

14:19:
Marc-Andre Fleury stops Ryder not once but twice in the slot as Jay McKee dives to clear the rebound.

15:56:
Boston kills off the penalty but the Penguins have good puck movement with the man-advantage.

17:45:
Up front on the power play is Crosby, Bill Guerin and Jordan Staal. Ruslan Fedotenko is on the left point and Alex Goligoski on the right point.

17:56:
Vladimir Sobotka is penalized for tripping Martin Skoula.

18:52:
Brooks Oprik lays Michael Ryder to the ice along the near boards of the Penguins' end.

20:00:
The Penguins and Bruins faceoff for the first of two matchups within the next five days.

FIRST PERIOD

STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The Penguins will be looking to get their power play on track, as it has not scored a goal in five games.

7:06 PM:
The scratches for the Penguins are Evgeni Malkin, Tyler Kennedy and Kris Letang. Boston will be without Johnny Boychuk and Brad Marchand.

7:02 PM:
In an effort to jump-start the offense head coach Dan Bylsma has changed his forward units. Here are the combinations used at today's morning skate:

Cooke-Crosby-Fedotenko
Kunitz-Staal-Guerin
Conner-Adams-Dupuis
Bourque-Rupp-Godard

7:00 PM:
The Penguins conclude a four-game road trip this evening when they take on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Pittsburgh looks to improve on their 12-5 record, best in Eastern Conference.
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