Another bit of revenge extracted against a tough opponent on the road, but it wasn't easy.
The Pens worked hard to build a 2-0 lead with somewhat fluky goals from Kunitz (skate deflection after he missed the puck with his stick) and Dupuis (wacky bounce off of Rask after a carom off of the end boards).
That lead vanished in 13 seconds midway through the second period when Seidenberg sent a seeing-eye shot through several screens, and then Ryder pulled the "use the defenseman as a screen" trick and toasted Fleury.
HCDB called timeout, and the Pens didn't panic. They kept playing, and their effort paid off when Jordan Staal gathered a loose puck in front of Rask and backhanded it past him to put the Pens up.
After that, they hung on for dear life, with some really nice saves by Flower. He was tracking the puck extremely well in the third period.
Kunitz (15), Dupuis (9), Staal (2)
- The Pens played things pretty evenly with the Bruins. It was an exciting game to watch, with both teams getting several great chances.
- Staal had two more points and was the #1 star again. Geno who?
- Letang and Orpik were great, playing more than 25 minutes of ice time. They work really well together, with Letang jumping into the play while being able to count on Orpik covering up for him.
- Fleury was solid the whole game. He stopped 44 of 46 shots.
- I'd love to see Letestu get more than 8 minutes (and change) of ice time, but that's what happens when you play him on the fourth line.
- The Bruins played with four defense, essentially. Both Kampfer and (Pittsburgh native) Bartkowski played less than 10 minutes, which is really low for a blueliner.
- The refs blew a big one that could have cost the Pens the game - they called Dupuis for a double-minor for high-sticking, and it wasn't Dupuis' stick that did the dirty work (it was Chara's). Very bad mistake... and the Pens were very fortunate it didn't cost them.
- Only one chance on the power play was surprising.
- Also - the Steelers came back from being down two touchdowns at halftime to beat the Ravens!! Shannon Sharpe was kicking off the whining parade on the postgame show.
What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
The Pens are now 28-14-4. They are still one point behind Philly for the lead in the Atlantic, though the Pens have played two more games than the Flyers.
The Red Wings come to Consol on Tuesday night.