Pens-Bruins In-Game Blog
Saturday, 02.4.2012 / 11:16 AM ET / Features
By Michelle Crechiolo
PENS 2, BRUINS 1
0:00: That'll do it!!! Pens pull out a huge 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champs!
0:28: Orpik mishandles a puck right in front of his net and a B's player finds it and sends it quickly to the net, but Fleury makes the save!!!
2:00: Wow...Tyler Seguin with an unbelievable individual effort to battle his way through a sea of white jerseys and nearly slip a shot through Fleury's pads! But somehow Fleury keeps it from crossing the goal line! #toocloseforcomfort
4:41: The B's sneak another point shot through traffic but Fleury sees this one and holds on for the whistle.
|"Idk what was better. The flowers save or vitale flattening that dude in front of the net"
8:33: Unreal pad save by Fleury on Gregory Campbell on a grade-A chance from the slot and a responsible defensive effort by Vitale to cover his man Hamill on the rebound!
10:56: With 25 seconds left on the man-advantage, Paille goes to the box for taking down Letang...who's also going to the box for gloving the puck. Penalties cancel each other out.
12:32: In a twist of good fortune for the Pens, Pouliot inadvertently high sticks Orpik in the offensive zone and Pittsburgh will head to their third PP of the afternoon.
13:15: D-man Corvo threads a shot from the point past a screened Marc-Andre Fleury to break the shutout bid. PENS 2, BRUINS 1
|"Im legit freaking out right now !!!!! What an amazing goal by cooke <3 #Pens"
18:07: Some fantastic tenacity by the Cooke-Jeffrey-Dupuis line results in a goal. As they enter the zone, Jeffrey and Dupuis get a little tangled up but still manage to get a puck to the cage; Jeffrey collects that rebound and sweeps it to the front, where Cooke is able to knock it in for the score! PENS 2, BRUINS 0
19:11: Kunitz just leveled Chara in the B's end! Big tree fall hard on that one.
20:00: Puck drops to start what should be an intense and exciting third period. The Bruins are the NHL's best third-period team, boasting a +37 goal differential in the final frame. Game on!
- Pens are outhitting the Bruins 16-11
- Pittsburgh is 15-0-2 when leading after 2 periods
- But Boston has an impressive 6-9-1 mark when trailing after 40 minutes
0:00: First 40 minutes are in the books. Pens still have their 1-0 lead. Shots are 20-18 in favor of Boston.
3:41: Geno receives a great stretch pass and tries to sidestep around Chara...to no avail. The B's captain slides and sweeps the puck out of danger.
|"Brooks Orpik just answered the question, "What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object." #Pens @pghpenguins"
|"the hip check lives! That was an awesome hit by Brooks Orpik. #Penguins"
5:41: Orpik absolutely levels Daniel Paille at center ice with a hard, clean hit and sends him flying up into the air!!! Orpik is a BEAST...
|"#Fleury is a BEAST! Marc-Andre making the most of his day off. Looking toight like a tiger in net for the #Pens #KnockOnWood"
7:03: And the Pens manage to kill all four minutes of that PP off!!! What an impressive display by Pittsburgh and its goaltender.
9:29: Fantastic sliding pad save by Fleury on Corvo at the back door! Such athleticism on display when the 'Flower' is in goal.
11:04: Dupuis clips Seguin with a high stick on the backcheck and he'll go to the box for it. Boston's turn to go on the PP. They get four minutes on the man-advantage since it drew blood. Huge kill here for the Pens...
11:59: Pens swarm the net on that man-advantage but can't convert that one. B's back to full strength.
14:03: Pouliot gets called for holding the stick and Pens go to their second power play of the day!
15:00: Michalek winds up and tees up a powerful slapshot that rebounds to Geno in the corner. His snapshot clanks off the red painted metal!
15:48: The crowd wakes up on a chance by Brad Marchand as he breaks behind the Pens' D, cuts across the slot and gets a pass that he tries to deke around Fleury but is denied!
16:02: Engelland and Cooke really establishing some physicality here today. Each player has already been credited with three hits.
20:00: Puck drops to start the second in Boston. Pace definitely seems to be picking up. Here we go!
As I mentioned earlier, Sam asked our followers on Twitter (@PensInsideScoop) what would be a clever nickname for the Sullivan-O'Reilly-Kennedy line of Irishmen. (How fitting is it that their first game together is in Boston, by the way?!) You guys came up with some awesome responses. Here's a few...
|"Pot of Goals line!"
|"Celtic Connection. Kindof like our version of the French Connection."
|"Irish Cal Bomb"
|"the shamrock line! oh you wanted clever not obvious"
- Malkin's goal ups his league-leading point total to 60
- Pens have an 11-10 edge in faceoffs over the team that leads the NHL in winning percentage
- O'Reilly skated 4:05 minutes in that period
0:00: And the period ends with Pittsburgh holding a 1-0 lead over Boston. Shots are 10-4 in favor of the B's.
0:08: And the Pens convert!!! Sully backhands to Geno on the half wall, who sauces a cross-ice pass over to Neal. Neal instantly wires one to the cage that Kunitz digs out for a crashing Malkin, who slips it into the open net! PENS 1, BRUINS 0
0:44: Pens get a late PP opportunity as Malkin is slashed by Rich Peverley!
2:04: Sullivan's currently matched up with the towering Zdeno Chara. Sully is 5-foot-8, 161 pounds to Chara's 6-foot-9, 255 pounds. Talk about David and Goliath.
6:13: Bruins are outshooting Pens 8-3...Pittsburgh has five attempts blocked to Boston's four.
9:40: The teams are starting to generate some more quality scoring chances and are getting in and around the blue paint. Letang's looked strong so far, blocking two decent shots by the B's.
13:14: Pretty fast, spirited pace to this one despite the early start. Whistles and stoppages have been virtually nonexistent these first few minutes.
17:39: O'Reilly on the ice for his first shift as a Penguin! He, Sullivan and Kennedy are three Irishmen together...Sam asked you guys on our Twitter handle (@PensInsideScoop) what would be a clever nickname for that line. I'll try and add some of the responses during intermission.
20:00: Puck drops to start the first in Boston...game on!
Pens scratch Lovejoy, McDonald and Asham. The official lines...
Fleury between the pipes. Thomas in goal for Boston.
We haven't seen the Bruins for a couple months, so check out my "What to Watch for" if you want to know how they've been playing since the two teams' last meeting. Or you could always watch the condensed video version below:
As promised, here's more of what Coach had to say about today's match...
On the Evgeni Malkin-Zdeno Chara matchup:
(The Bruins) always have a pretty concerted effort to get the matchup they want, especially on the back end. Even at home in Game 1 against them, they were maybe the best team in the league at getting the changes they need to try and get the matchups they wanted. So now that we’re on the road, I don’t think it’s going to be any easier for me. The one thing you can hope for and really try to do is that if you can extend shifts by the other lines, you can start to try and get matchups that are in your favor. We can get good shifts in the offensive zone and if we can extend shifts for players that are on the ice for Boston, then the matchups are maybe something you can try to get. But if that’s not the case – if there are whistles and you don’t get that opportunity – then it’s going to be two big guys going straight against each other.
On how O’Reilly will be used today:
He is playing today. He will be on a line with Steve Sullivan and Tyler Kennedy. Steve and Cal played together and had success at the beginning of last season before they both got injured. They’re both more passing-type guys and skill guys. Tyler Kennedy shoots all of his pucks and everyone else’s that can get to him, so he’s the shooter on that line. But we’re trying to get some offense and some playmaking ability there. I think the line of (Matt) Cooke, (Dustin) Jeffrey and (Pascal) Dupuis is more of a steady, defensive-type line, especially on the road here. You’ll see those guys in some defensive situations for our team.
On if O’Reilly can penalty kill:
The plan is not to do that at this time. (He’ll get) a little bit of power play on the second unit. He’ll be on that with Kennedy. Matt Cooke will be a net-front presence on that unit. Hopefully (O’Reilly) will get some time there on the power play. Not in a penalty killing capacity. I would say I’d to see him in the 12-15 minute range of ice time tonight for our team.
Good morning! Today's 1 p.m. matinee against the Bruins in Boston marks the first of seven afternoon games for the Penguins this month (they'll play another against the Devils in New Jersey on Sunday). The last time the Pens and the Bruins met back in December, the defending Stanley Cup champs seemed virtually unbeatable. But now, the Bruins seem more human as they're 4-4-1 in their last nine and are mired in an uncharacteristic funk. The Pens trail them by just four points in the Eastern Conference standings, so a win today would be huge for Pittsburgh. It's going to be an outstanding battle between two tough clubs.
Head coach Dan Bylsma just addressed the media since there was no morning skate and said that forward Cal O'Reilly (who is wearing No. 16) will make his Penguins debut this afternoon and will center a line with Tyler Kennedy and Steve Sullivan. We'll have the rest of his comments up shortly. In the meantime, here's today's Game Day Report with the one and only Steve Mears.