Bruins late comeback falls short, lose 3-2 to Penguins
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If only the Bruins didn't get so sloppy in the final frame...
The Bruins fell 3-2 in Pittsburgh behind goals from Chris Kunitz, Brandon Sutter and Jussi Jokinen.
It was a grind for most of the game, with both teams trading rushes up and down the ice. It was another typical Penguins/Bruins tilt, with the B's weathering the constant rushes by the Pens and counterattacking back the other way.
After a scoreless first period, Kunitz opened the scoring at 6:54 in the second period on the powerplay, with assists from Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang. The B's penalty kill has now given up a PP goal in five straight games.I'm sure Mr. Julien is non too pleased with their recent form on the PK.
Patrice Bergeron got the Bruins on the board at 1:05 in the third, tipping home the puck off a Dennis Seidenberg rocket from the blueline.
After some rough stuff from both teams, including a Jordan Caron wrastling match with Robert Bortuzzo, and a hip-check from Brad Marcand on Kris Letang that saw matching penalties (a dive for Letang), Sutter put the Penguins up 2-1
Halfway through the third, a broken play caught Torey Krug off-balance. Pascal Dupuis got a deflected pass over to Sutter in the neutral zone. With the deflection catching Krug in the ice, Sutter streaked down the wing and ripped a wrister over Tuukka Rask's right shoulder.
The Penguins' third goal came as a result of a bad pass from Johnny Boychuck in his own zone, as he tried to wire it to Jordan Caron on the way out, but the puck got lost in his skates. Jussi Jokinen swooped in and had a wide open lane in front of Rask and made no mistake in burying it home.
The B's made it interesting late with Jarome Iginla rifling a slapshot past Marc-Andre Fluery with 1:43 left in the game. Bergeron won the faceoff back to Iginla who one-timed it past Fluery.
That was as close as the B's would get, as they couldn't slip another one past the Pens in the final minute.
The loss drops the Bruins to 4th place in the Atlantic, with a Halloween tilt versus the Anaheim Ducks coming up right away. It'll be good for the B's to get right back at it and try to snap their two-game skid.