Tonight’s game sported heavy hits and even heavier hearts as the Pittsburgh Penguins went on to defeat the Bruins 2-1 at the TD Garden,but it wasn’t because of lack of effort. As soon as the puck hit the ice to start the first period the Bruins put the pressure on, Seguin and Marchand leading the way. It was only five minutes in when they would get their first real scoring opportunity with a line drive from Seguin that went just wide of Fleury and the net. They sported really good energy through the entire first period and had a much better fore-check. It wouldn’t be until under ten seconds left in the first that Evgeni Malkin would get a rebound off of a drive from James Neal and bury it behind Thomas to put the Penguins up 1-0. To the naked eye the Bruins owned much of the first period, they just needed to focus on getting more bodies in front of the net to create more opportunities. As Gregory Campbell put it during the first intermission:
“We’ve showed the capability of scoring goals, it’s really about shutting other teams down now. . . As a team we have to collectively regroup after a fairly good one and build on that. We have to stay aggressive and focus on getting chances and another goal.”
And that is just what they would do, they came out of the locker room stronger in the second period than fans have seen them do in a long time, owning the first three and a half minutes with plenty of golden opportunities. The prettiest being a pass from center Patrice Bergeron over to Seguin who had an open net, released the one-timer from the knee that went just above the cross bar. You could literally feel the anxiety and emotion that went along with this shot.
The Bruins remained scoreless for 112:51, the last goal being Dennis Seidenberg‘s blast from the red line against the Ottawa Senators and the aggressiveness grew with each passing second from both teams. Boston would get their first power play of the game off of, what seemed to be, an intentional high stick on Seguin from Pascal Dupuis as he was taking the puck up the neutral zone, giving them a four minute advantage to which they wouldn’t capitalize and make Pittsburgh that much more confident. Arguably the most memorable moment of the second period would be either Daniel Paille‘s neutral zone collision that sent him a good thirteen feet in the air across ice, or Zdeno Chara‘s diving stick check that tore away Malkin’s scoring opportunity.
The third period is where things began to get sour for the Bruins who looked like an entirely different team than what we had been witnessing through the first forty minutes of play. Pittsburgh came out looking to dominate and that is just what they did, providing chance after chance until Joe Corvo couldn’t clear the puck out of from in front of the crease, allowing Matt Cooke to chip it in for a two-goal advantage at just 1:53.
The Bruins wouldn’t get on the board until 6:45 with Marchand battling in front of the goal with Pens defenseman Zbynek Michalek, causing a screen that allowed a wrist shot from Corvo to sail right past Marc-Andre Fleury. A man who hadn’t done anything in the last twenty-two games would be the man to instill hope in the heart of all Bruins fans. While this would go on to be the only goal, Marchand and Seguin still shined with opportunities late in the period registering 4 shots. Unfortunately, the effort by them wasn’t enough to carry them to a victory.
David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Rich Peverley each registered only a shot on goal tonight and the Bruins can’t afford to be having one of their top lines off like this. While there were numerous amounts of line changes made in the third, none of them seemed to create the spark the team needed, leaving them with a streak of two losses going into another matinee game against the Washington Capitals on Sunday at 12:30EST.