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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Game 63: Bruins beat Penguins 5-1, are 34-23-6

I take back what I said before, this was the Bruins' best game of the season. This was the Penguins first game with Marion Hossa, and the Bruins were not phased. The Bruins keep getting better and better, and they proved why they are a threat in the Eastern Conference in front of a sold-out Garden crowd. The 4th place Pittsburgh Penguins flew into Boston, riding their hot streak and big deadline deal, expecting a win. The Bruins, however, handed them a beating they won't soon forget.

In the middle of the first period, the Bruins took the lead when Chuck Kobasew's shot was tipped in by Marco Sturm. Marco Sturm struck again two minutes later. Glen Metropolit on transition fed the puck to Sturm in the neutral zone. Sturm then skated up along the side and put a beautiful shot on net. The puck sailed by Ty Conklin, and the Bruins had a 2-0 lead.

The Bruins scored twice in the second period as well. 2:21 into the period, Zdeno Chara's drive into traffic went in. It might have tipped a defenseman. Either way, Pittsburgh immediately pulled out Conklin and replaced him with Marc-Andre Fleury. This change did not revitalize the Penguins at all. Late in the period, Marc Savard did a great job getting to the puck in the offensive zone and tipping it back to Shawn Thornton. Thornton passed the puck to Axelsson, who was in front of the net and easily tipped it in.

The Bruins concentrated on defense in the third period. Despite the 4-0 lead, the Bruins continued to play strong and really out-muscled Pitt. Pascal Dupuis got his first goals as a Penguin late in the third, but that was all Pittsburgh could do. Tim Thomas had 27 saves. A few minutes after the goal, Milan Lucic and Jarko Ruutu dropped the gloves in what was one of the longest fights I have ever seen. Lucic and Ruutu fought until they could no longer move their arms. Lucic was the clear winner, and celebrated with the Boston crowd after. The Bruins punched the Penguins in the throat one more time when Mark Stuart's drvie deflected off David Krejci's skate and went in.

The Bruins won 5-1 and are 6-0-1 in their last seven games (5 game win streak). Zdeno Chara has 6 goals in his last 6 games. The Bruins do not look as if they are going to lose anytime soon.


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