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Pens-Bruins In-Game Blog

Thursday, 03.18.2010 / 7:00 PM / Features
By Sam Kasan
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Pens-Bruins 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: That's all she wrote. Game over, Penguins win. There was noooooooooo doubt about it.

1:00: One minute remaining in the period, one minute.

1:20: The Bruins nearly had a breakaway but Fleury came out and poked the puck away. Thornton's skate did hit Fleury, but luckily the Pens goalie was OK.

3:32: Bruins get caught with too many men on the ice. It's time for  Peco!!!!!!!!!! Power play! 

5:35: Pittsburgh kills the penalty, and the other way Guerin nearly beats Rask with a hard shot.

7:17: Fleury made a great save at the right post on Blake Wheeler.

7:31: Leopold will go to the box for hooking. This may be Boston's last chance to get back into this game.

14:46: Rupp adds to the lead with a great shot. Rupp blocked a shot in the defensive zone and tracked the puck all the way down in the Boston zone. Rupp, who labored to get the puck, managed to snap a shot off into the far side of the goal. Penguins 3, Bruins 0.

15:43: Crosby found Kunitz for a breakaway but Seidenberg was able to knock the puck away with a great swipe job.

20:00: Puck drop.





SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- Guerin has a game-high four shots
- Orpik has five hits, most in the game
- Crosby is a7 for 10 on faceoffs
- Gonchar has 17:16 minutes of ice time

0:00: The period comes to a conclusion with Pittsburgh ahead 2-0. The Penguins outshot Boston that period by a 15-5 margin. The Penguins lead in shots, 20-10, in the game.

0:14: The Penguins get a goal just after the power play ended. Letang took a shot from the top of the far circle. Ponikarovsky was able to re-direct the shot on his backhand to add to Pittsburgh's lead. Penguins 2, Bruins 0.

2:16: Begin tries to hit Dupuis, but instead knees the Penguin as Dupuis leaped out of the way. Begin goes to the box for a penalty.

3:20: Fleury makes a great save on Sturm's wrist shot.

8:00: Stuart goes to the box, he feels shame.

8:17: Some more fisticuffs as 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara and 6-foot-5 Mike Rupp went toe-to-toe. Two big boys throwing blows. Chara had the reach advantage to wasn't able to connect with any solid hits. Chara did land one shot as Rupp fell to the ice.

8:54: Orpik is giving out the candy in this game. Another jarring hit from the Penguins stalwart defenseman.

10:18: Pittsburgh's penalty killers continue to be brilliant, killing off another shorthanded situation.

11:40: Jordan Staal made a great play to read a Boston pass, intercept the pass and clear it up the ice.

12:23: Gonchar goes to the box for tripping and Boston will go on the power play.





13:39: Fleury makes a great save on Bergeron to keep it a 1-0 game in favor of Pittsburgh.

14:10: The Penguins logged an unbelievablely long amount of sustained pressure. Following a successful power play, which built mometum and generated chances, Pittsburgh held the puck in the offensive zone for over two extra minutes. The Bruins coulnd't get the puck out of their zone, while the Penguins kept getting fresh legs on the ice.

20:00: Puck drop.

SECOND PERIOD

FIRST PERIOD NOTES
- Cooke picks up a fight and seven PIMs
- Kennedy has a game-high two shots
- Orpik has a game-high four hits

0:00: The first period comes to an end with the Penguins holding a 1-0 lead. Shots are even at 5-5. And so far, other than the fight, not much happening on the Cooke front.

0:30: The Bruins had two centering passes from below the goal line that traveled just out of the reach of Ryder. Both were dangerous plays but didn't even lead to a chance.

3:42: Satanfound a bouncing puck in the near corner and tried to hit the top corner. Fleury stood tall and got his glove arm on the puck. The puck flipped on top of the net and the play was blown dead.




Longtime Penguins member Eddie Johnston won a Cup with the Bruins in 1970, and was onhand for the festivities.

5:50: Ryder re-directs a point shot on goal and Fleury makes a great save to get his pad on the puck.

7:08: Cooke goes to the box for tripping. I'll be he'll be able to skate there with his eyes closed before the night is over. It may be one of those nights for Cooke.

7:30: Krecji just missed on a shot from the near circle.

10:20: Some great stick work by the Penguins helped them escape great scoring chances from the Bruins. First, Fleury pokechecked a puck off the stick of Marco Sturm, who was in all alone on goal. Later the Bruins had a two-on-one and Ryder tried to make a cross-ice pass but Goligoski intercepted the puck with his stick.

11:26: The Penguins get on the board first. The Bruins' D pinched in and former Penguin Miroslav Satan wasn't fast enough to get back defensively as Tyler Kennedy carried the puck for a two-on-one. Kennedy baited Rask to his knees and then roofed a shot into the goal. Penguins 1, Bruins 0.

12: 17: The Penguins were guily of too many men on the ice. The Bruins hit two posts on the ensuing power play but could not convert.

14:35: The Bruins had a great chance as a puck squirted free near the Penguins blue line. Luckily it skidded through the crease without any harm.

15:05: Pascal Dupuis used his great speed to back up the Boston defense and create a three-on-one chance. Dupuis opted to shoot and his attempt was stopped by Rask.

18:02: And as soon as Cooke steps on the ice, he took care of business with a fight with Thornton. Each man recieved heavy blows, though Thornton did land a few more blows after the fight was over and the linesmen tried to break it up.

20:00: Puck drop.

FIRST PERIOD

7:13: The Penguins are greeted with boos, as expected. Maxime Talbot is not in the lineup for Pittsburgh, neither is Jay McKee. Matt Cooke will be skating on a line with Mike Rupp and Craig Adams. That's a pretty tough line to send over the boards.

7:11: Bobby Orr recieved the loudest ovation from the '70 champions announcement. Longtime Penguin Eddie Johnston is also on the ice. The current Bruins team is on the ice greeting the champions.

7:06: Penguins enforcer Eric Godard returns to the lineup tonight after a groin injury sidelined him since Jan. 24. The addition of Godard adds a tough element for the Penguins in their showdown with the Bruins. I'll bet Godard put on the foil for this one.



7:03: The Bruins are honoring their 1969-70 Stanley Cup championship team, the last time the Bruins won the Cup. Pittsburgh should do the same. Is it too early for the Penguins to honor the 2009 Cup champions? Probably.

7:01 PM: One other note is that Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin will miss the second straight game with an undisclosed injury. He was hurt after being hit with a shot March 14 at Tampa Bay. The Penguins are 2-6 without Malkin this season.

7:00 PM: We are minutes away from the puck drop of the highly anticipated rematch of the Penguins and Bruins. The buzz, of course, is from the concussion Marc Savard suffered after being hit by Matt Cooke in the previous meeting - a 2-1 Pittsburgh victory 12 days ago.

The NHL reviewed the play and ruled that Cooke delivered a clean hit and no suspension was given to him. However, the Bruins  did not agree and were vocal with their opinions.

This is setting up for a huge letdown. I doutbt there will be the type of fireworks that is currently being speculated. There may be two fights and some post-whistle scrums, but don't expect a Slapshot type of brawl. Both of these teams are fighting for playoff positions - Pittsburgh for the Atlantic Division crown and a top-3 seed, and Boston just to make it into the postseason. The stakes are too high and both teams have too much to lose to play undisciplined.

Cooke will have to face the Bruins wrath at some point in the game. He should try to get it out of the way early, maybe a fight with Lucic or Thornton, and then both teams can play hockey. We'll see.
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