Penguins 5, Bruins 3: Sidney Crosby Scores Two Goals As Pittsburgh Sinks Boston

Sidney Crosby scored two goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Boston Bruins, 5-3, on Tuesday night at TD Garden in Boston, MA. Marty Turco had 22 saves on 27 shots and allowed two goals in both the first and second period.

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Bruins Overtime: Krug Makes Debut; Seguin Nabs Seventh Player Award

It wasn't a very pretty game, but the Bruins showed a little bit of character in Tuesday night's battle against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Boston despite losing 5-3 in the bout.

But they were without Adam McQuaid, they sat Tim Thomas to give him some rest, and they had a rookie defenseman, Torey Krug step up and play the third most ice time of all the defensemen for the Bruins.

The kid was at Michigan State just two weeks ago.

Krug picked up just over 18 minutes of playing time, more than what he probably was expected to have, but when defenseman Johnny Boychuk went down in the third period, with a knee-to-knee hit, Krug was put into a position that not too many 5'9 20-year-old defenseman are put into.

Trying to defend Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.

"Yeah, I mean like I said I don’t even know if it’s hit me yet," Krug said. "It’s awesome I’ve come in – it’s a tough time to come into a locker room but all the guys have been very well receptive and I’m very thankful for that.

"Yeah it was great, getting up and down the ice, the one main difference here is every player can make a play and there’s no shifts off and that’s the biggest difference."

While there is no timetable on Boychuk's return, and with McQuaid still out with a swollen eye, there could be a chance that Krug can see a little bit more action this season.

END OF THE ROAD FOR TURCO

It seems like just yesterday Marty Turco entered TD Garden after being signed by the Bruins. He came in on March 5 to replace the injured Tuukka Rask, and give Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas a break heading into the final stretch of the regular season.

While he didn't have all of the results he was hoping to get, he spoke to the media after his first start in Boston, and what could be his last start as well. Turco is not eligible for the playoffs because he was signed after the trade deadline.

"It’s been tremendous, really. I’ve been around for a bit; can’t say that disappointments have been much a part of my time here," Turco said after his 5-3 loss last night. "I’ve been fortunate to have an opportunity and I’m truly grateful, for my family and I, for [what] the Boston Bruins gave me when things seemed pretty bleak. You want to play great and you want to show them, never mind anyone else, and for the most part – days, game and practice, and being a good team man – I’ve felt pretty proud of my time here so far. Between Tampa and a little bit tonight, those two games – part of them anyway – are pretty disappointing but at the end of the day I’ll continue to hold my head high like I have all year to be ready in this position and still want to play some. So, we’ll see what happens."

SEVENTH HEAVEN FOR SEGUIN

Before last night's game at TD Garden, NESN.com announced it's "7th Player Award" which goes to a player that "exceeds their expectations" in a season. While there were a couple of very worthy candidates, Seguin came out on top and took home a nice Mazda car and trophy and has $5,000 to donate to a charity of his choice.

Seguin has 27 goals this season and 65 points total--that's best for points and he's tied for first in goals.

"It felt good. I’m very humbled and honored to be accepting that award, and obviously there’s a lot of guys that could have got it," Seguin said. "One that especially comes to mind is Chris Kelly. I thought he definitely deserved that award as well, but I’m very honored in accepting it."

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The B's only have two regular season games left and they will travel to Ottawa for one of them on Thursday night. After that, they will come back to Boston for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday against the Sabres to close out the 82-game season.




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NHL Standings 2012: Boston Remains Locked Into The Second Seed

On Tuesday night, the Boston Bruins loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins leaves them in the same position they were guaranteed at the beginning of the night; second place in the Eastern Conference.

The defeat changes nothing with nobody leaving due to injury and Tim Thomas even getting a much deserved day off.

The standings are as follows in the East:

1) New York - 109 points

2) Boston - 98 points

3) Florida - 92 points

4) Pittsburgh - 104 points

5) Philadelphia - 101 points

6) New Jersey - 98 points

7) Ottawa - 92 points

8) Washington - 88 points

Boston is locked in as the second seed, allowing them to watch the mad scramble for position from a comfortable spot.

Below them, a few spots remain up for grabs. Florida could still potentially miss the playoffs if it lost both remaining games and both Buffalo and Washington won theirs.

The Capitals and Sabres are tied for eighth (Washington wins the tiebreaker) which is by far the most intriguing race in the East.

All of the other teams have already clinched playoff berths, with New York and Boston the only two completely locked into their current seed.

The potential playoff opponents in the opening round are Ottawa and Washington for the Bruins.

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Bruins Vs. Penguins Final Score: B's Fall 5-3 To Pittsburgh

They were without a number of their players, and Tim Thomas had the night off completely, yet the Bruins showed some impressive muster despite taking a 5-3 loss to the Penguins at TD Garden in Boston, for the third loss against this team this year.

Though the Bruins have only lost one in their last six games, tonight there was a little bit of discrepancy in the game.

Before the game, Bruins forward Tyler Seguin was awarded the 7th Player Award which goes to a player who exceeded expectations on the ice that season. Seguin, the 20-year-old from Ontario has 65 points and 27 goals this season.

After the ceremony, the B's started back on their heels a little bit, and just 28 seconds into the game, David Krejci went to the penalty box for a Delay of Game call that threw them off a little bit from the get-go. Though the Penguins were unable to get even a shot off during those two minutes, Boston already had some catching up to do.

The Penguins came out early and put two goals up on the scoreboard, courtesy of Sidney Crosby and Paul Martin, to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead midway through the first.

Bruins forward Benoit Pouliot dashed that lead in half before the end of the period, roofing a backhanded shot over Penguins netminder Brent Johnson's glove, making it 2-1 with under two minutes to go.

It looked like things would turn around for the B's, when just 18 seconds into the second, Milan Lucic netted his 25th goal of the year to tie the game up quickly. That momentum carried through for much of the second period, and the B's looked quick and sharp in both zones.

The B's almost scored another quick one when Seguin and Marchand picked off a puck and were on a 2-0 breakaway. Marchand passed through the slot to Seguin who couldn't get it past the waiting Johnson.

"Well, I can say that I meant to save it, but that would be a lie," Johnson said. "I just…honestly, it was just all desperation. I just got over there as quick as I could, if he passed it back I’m dead in the water. But he shot it and I just got a piece of it and I was able to get Marchand’s (shot) as well."

After that, things got ugly, and the Bruins were called for two quick penalties, one right after the other.

The first was a charging call against Daniel Paille after he drilled Matt Niskanen into the boards behind the net, and the second was on Rich Peverley for high-sticking. The Penguins were given a 5-on-3 for 1:52 and converted on both of the power plays awarded to them.

James Neal picked up his 40th goal of the season on the first power play goal, and Crosby netted his second of the game and seventh of the year. Two goals in 48 seconds.

"Yeah they got a dangerous power play you got to keep them off it," Bruins forward Rich Peverley said. "Their stars took advantage and at the same time we got to kill those off, but you can’t do anything about it now - they buried their chances."

So the Bruins went into the third period down 4-2, and couldn't recover from that blow in the second. Arron Asham added another goal for the Penguins 6:15 into the third that was the back-breaker for the B's.

And if that wasn't, surely it was Johnny Boychuk going down in the third. In what appeared to be a knee-to-knee collision with Asham, Boychuk went down to the ice and needed help off the ice and did not return for the rest of the game. Because of that Torey Krug, the newest Bruins defenseman played the third most minutes for any defenseman in his NHL debut--just behind Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara.

Despite being down by three goals, Rich Peverley did score two minutes after that, but it was too little too late for Big Bad Bruins and they lost just their second game in seven games.

They pick up again on Thursday, traveling to Ottawa for their last regular season away game of the year. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.




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Bruins Vs. Penguins Score Update: Pens Score Two Late Goals, Take 4-2 Lead After Forty Minutes

Coming out of the gate on fire, the Bruins did manage to tie the game early, but gave up two power play goals late in the period to fall into a 4-2 deficit heading into the third period.

Milan Lucic picked up the goal for the Bruins just 18 seconds into the second period, taking a nifty feed from David Krejci and putting it past Brent Johnson for his 25th goal of the year.

The ice seemed to be tilted for the Bruins until a couple of penalties put the Bruins down 5-on-3 for 1:52.

The Penguins capitalized on both of the penalties, including goals from James Neal and another from Sidney Crosby with just over a minute to go in the period.

The first penalty was against Daniel Paille who was called for charging after knocking Matt Niskanen into the boards. Rich Peverley followed eight seconds later, getting called for a high stick.

And as if that wasn't enough, Andrew Ference decided he had enough of Neal and dropped his gloves with him, just before Crosby scored.

The Bruins head into the final 20 minutes with Ference out for the first couple of minutes due to his fight, and with two goals to make up.




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Bruins Vs. Penguins Score Update: After Slow Start, Pens Take 2-1 Lead After First

In a game that started with just three total shots on net in the first seven minutes of play, the Penguins stepped it up and scored twice to take an early 2-0 lead.

With just under eight minutes into the period, Sidney Crosby put home a rebound left by Bruins netminder Marty Turco out in front of the net after both Milan Lucic and James Neal went to the penalty box for matching roughing penalties. Paul Martin followed his lead, and, seven minutes later trickled one through Turco and just barely made it past the goal line.

But the Bruins found some life as well, and Benoit Pouliot roofed his 15th goal of the season, backhanding it over the glove of Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson to cut the lead in half with just two minutes left to go in the first period. That matched Pouliot's career high for goals in a season.

The Bruins didn't make it easy on themselves, and David Krejci started the game off rough, picking up a Delay of Game penalty just 28 seconds into the game, putting his team on the shorthand early in the game. However, Pittsburgh was unable to even get a shot on net in that time.

Turco has stopped eight shots of the ten he faced, while Johnson has blocked 12.


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Bruins Vs. Penguins Preview: TV/Radio Info, Time, Location And More

Event: Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Location: TD Garden (Capacity: 17,565), Boston, MA.
Broadcast Info: Tuesday’s game between the Bruins and the Penguins will be broadcast live on NBCSN(HD), TSN2 and NESN(HD). The game can also be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.

Last Time Out: The Bruins have surged as of late including in their most recent game against the New York Rangers on Sunday. After falling in their previous meetings against the Rangers, the B’s came back and fought to win, 2-1.

Marian Gaborik scored early in the first to give New York and early 1-0 lead. However, the B’s came back in the second and scored two unanswered goals in the middle frame.

Dennis Seidenberg picked up his fifth goal of the year, followed by Patrice Bergeron’s 22nd of the year eight minutes after that.

Tim Thomas had another impressive outing, stopping 33-of-34 shots, while on the opposite end of the ice, Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves.

The Penguins had a little bit of a more heated game their last time out on Sunday. They took a 6-4 loss against their Pennsylvania rival Philadephia Flyers, and it was a mess by the end of the game.

Steve Sullivan and James Neal scored to give the Penguins an early 2-0 lead, but then the Flyers answered with five straight goals spanning all three periods.

Storyline: This is the fourth and final regular season game between these two teams, and so far this year Pittsburgh has been able to put up some big numbers against the Bruins.

They have won two-of-the-three games so far, including the last outing on March 11, in Pittsburgh where Malkin and company won 5-2.

David Krejci scored twice in that game for the B’s, but no one else seemed to be able to find offense. And the goaltenders didn’t have their best game either.

Tim Thomas was out to start, but got chased from net after giving up three goals in the first period on ten shots. Marty Turco was sent it to replace him after that, and he allowed two goals over the remaining forty minutes of play.

Players To Watch: The Bruins have had quite a stirring in the locker room and there will be a couple of changes given the clinching of their No. 2 playoff seed.

Tim Thomas will neither play nor dress for tonight’s game, and will get the night completely off. Marty Turco is expected to start, and the B’s did call up Anton Khudobin from Providence to provide backup to Turco.

Adam McQuaid said he was feeling better after being hit into the boards and dealt with some swelling on his eye, but he will sit out tonight as well. Instead, newest Bruins defenseman Torey Krug will make his NHL debut.

Also, Gregory Campbell will be back in the lineup after missing a game, but Jordan Caron will miss tonight due to being sick.

Prediction: Both teams enter tonight with different kinds of energy.The only thing that would put the Bruins over the Penguins is that they are playing at home. But Pittsburgh does have a lot of pent up aggression after their last bout with the Flyers. Either way it should be a good game. Final Score: Bruins 4, Penguins 3 (OT).

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Bruins Vs. Penguins: B's Want Last Few Games To Be Big

The season is coming to a close, and teams are still battling through to the end, including tonight's matchup between the Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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