There’s two things that came out of the Penguins’ 6-4 win on Sunday, which came by way of a four-goal third period.
Bruins 4 — Penguins 6
No. 1: The Penguins broke out of their funk and moved four points ahead of last place in the Eastern Conference. They did so against the best team in the Eastern Conference and, after losing a game they should have won the day before against Ottawa, turned a disappointing start to the homestand around.
No. 2 isn’t as positive: Marc-Andre Fleury will have no help down the stretch from backup Mathieu Garon. Garon allowed four goals on just 25 shots and, aside from the shorthanded goal that Boston scored, each was his fault.
But nevermind the bad. A win like this should be basked in.
When Bill Guerin scored just 50 seconds in to the game, it seemed that Saturday’s shootout loss to Ottawa was totally forgotten. Then Mark Recchi scored 16 second later, and that feeling passed. The series set the tone for a crazy game.
By no means did the Penguins play a quality 60 minute hockey game. However, they made enough plays to get the win, which shows that they really are a different team.
Phil Kessel scored midway through the first period to give the Bruins the lead, but Chris Kunitz got his skate on a puck in front of the net on a shot by Sidney Crosby to tie the game, 2-2. It came with under five minutes to play in the period and the Penguins looked like they were in good shape going into the second period.
That wasn’t the case. Is it just me, or have the Pens been scoring alot of those “first five/last five” goals that are supposed to change momentum? Well, its’ not just me. They have. The problem is, it hasn’t been amounting to much.
The Bruins proved that by allowing just eight Pittsburgh shots in the second and, with 10:31 to play in the second, they scored to gain the lead 3-2. It was the only goal of the period and Boston seemed to force the Pens into their own style of play.
Things looked bad, but then the third period started.
Kunitz scored two goals in 1:01 and the Pens were on top, 4-3. This time, the “first five” goal made a huge difference.
Mathieu Garon allowed Boston one final chance to win the game, allowing Ryder to fire one over his shoulder. Garon went down when the shot went up … that about says what his day was like.
However Jordan Staal found Petr Sykora at the midway point of the third period and the momentum was back on the Penguins’ side. Staal added an empty netter and the game was over.
6-4 win. 5th place in the Eastern Conference. 2 points away from home ice.
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