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Penguins 2, Bruins 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 2, Bruins 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Boston Bruins 1
Three Stars of the Game
Marc-Andre Fleury
1st
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 21-22
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .966SH: 3-3
Zdeno Chara
2nd
Zdeno Chara
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 27:01
James Neal
3rd
James Neal
RW
G: 0Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:15

BOSTON (AP) - Marc Andre-Fleury hardly looked like a goalie who had just finished a highly intense third period.

Fleury, back in net after getting a night off, made 28 saves and Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal that lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Boston Bruins 2-1 Saturday for their ninth win in 10 games.

"Just came off a five-day break," said Fleury, sitting with a baseball cap on backward and smiling frequently. "It was nice to get back."

Matt Cooke had the other goal for the Penguins, who rebounded from a 1-0 loss at Toronto on Wednesday that ended a season-high eight-game winning streak.

Until he got additional rest after the All-Star break, Fleury had played in 23 straight game. The break may've been what he needed after allowing four goals twice in four games.

"Marc was exceptional," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "He was able to control the rebounds and limit the opportunities they had."

The only goal the Bruins got past him was a shot he couldn't see.

Joe Corvo scored Boston's goal, and Tim Thomas stopped 26 shots. The Bruins hadn't lost consecutive games since early December and had not dropped two in a row at home since late October.

Corvo's goal on a seemingly harmless shot from the point beat Fleury 6:45 into the third, cutting it to 2-1.

From there, the Penguins defense helped make Fleury's day a bit easier, blocking a number of shots.

"They got a goal to cut it to one and every player had to play good team defense," Bylsma said.

Boston was blanked by Carolina 3-0 on Thursday. The Bruins have lost six of 10.

"Obviously, I think we've been getting a lot of chances," Boston center Tyler Seguin said. "We had so many chances - I don't know if we're running into hot goaltenders or we're just not getting enough people in front of the net, but we have to figure out a way to score some more goals."

The Penguins took a 1-0 lead on Malkin's power play goal with 9 seconds left in the opening period. James Neal fired a shot from the point and Chris Kunitz, positioned in front, jammed at the rebound before it slid over to Malkin, who fired it past Thomas.

The Malkin-Neal-Kunitz line has been carrying the Penguins for nearly two months, scoring 35 of the team's 67 goals.

Cooke scored at 1:53 into the third when Thomas attempted to clear the rebound but mishandled the puck in the crease. Cooke was booed briefly - as he is nearly all the time by the TD Garden crowd.

Cooke's hit on Marc Savard in March 2010 sidelined the center with a concussion. Savard missed most of last season and has been out all this year with post-concussion symptoms.

Corvo's goal was his first since Dec. 10 and just his third of the season, snapping the Bruins' scoreless stretch at 119 minutes, 36 seconds.

After Corvo's goal, the Bruins controlled play but had limited chances. Seguin split the defensemen and get a short wrist shot on Fleury with 2 minutes left.

"I think the fact that we were better tonight than we were the other night is an improvement," said Boston coach Claude Julien, who switched his lines in the third period. "I thought we played a lot harder than we had."

Boston's top line didn't have a shot on goal in the game.

The Bruins had a four-minute power play after Pascal Dupuis' high-stick cut Brad Marchand in the second period. Boston was limited to five shots on goal, with its best chance coming when Seguin sent a cross-ice pass to Corvo. But Fleury slid across to make the save.

NOTES: Pittsburgh C Sidney Crosby, out since early December, was with the team and skated in the morning. ... F Cal O'Reilly, claimed off waivers from Phoenix on Wednesday, made his Penguins debut. ... Bruins F Nathan Horton missed his fourth straight with a mild concussion. ... Bruins LW Daniel Paille went flying through the air and his stick went as well after a mid-ice collision with Pittsburgh D Brooks Orpik. ... The Bruins play eight of their next 10 on the road. ... Julien said D Dennis Seidenberg took "close to 20 stitches" after he suffered a sustained an undisclosed injury and left the bench early in the third. But he returned later. Corvo was also injured and returned.

scoring summary
1st Period
19:51
PIT
PPG - Evgeni Malkin (28) ASST: Chris Kunitz (19), James Neal (22)
1 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:53
PIT
Matt Cooke (9) ASST: Dustin Jeffrey (2), Pascal Dupuis (18)
2 - 0 PIT
06:45
BOS
Joe Corvo (3) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (29), Brad Marchand (18)
2 - 1 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
19:16
BOS
Rich Peverley  Slashing against  Evgeni Malkin
2nd Period
05:57
BOS
Benoit Pouliot  Hooking against  Matt Cooke
08:56
PIT
Pascal Dupuis  Hi stick - double minor against  Tyler Seguin
3rd Period
07:28
BOS
Benoit Pouliot  Hi-sticking against  Brooks Orpik
09:04
BOS
Daniel Paille  Tripping against  Kris Letang
09:04
PIT
Kris Letang  Closing hand on puck
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .966SH: 3 - 3
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
21-10-0
SA: 28TOI: 59:18
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0