The Bruins were outscored 12-1 within the first 6:20 of the second period. Sarcastic cheers from the crowd after the first five-plus minutes of the period were spent peppering Tuukka Rask — two of those minutes killing-off a Vladimir Sobotka hooking minor.
Boston was out-shot 15-5 that period as their offensive woes pick right back up. Zero goals on the board tonight after averaging 3.40 goals-for in their previous five contests.
- Make it 2-for-2 in the fight column for the black-and-Gold. Zdeno Chara simply over-matched Pens’ center Michael Rupp is Zee’s first five-minute-fight of the season.
- Bruins are currently 1-17 on the power play over their last six games with Marc Savard — including tonight.
- Milan Lucic and Sobotka need to be on the same line more often. The duo have combined [should be more] for six of the Bruins’ 15 hits tonight.
- Steve Begin, six-for-seven on the face-offs tonight, was sent to the sin-bin for kneeing. When was the last time you heard of a player getting yanked for “kneeing”?
- B’s are making it look easy for Pittsburgh’s net-minder, Marc-Andre Fleury tonight — just another five shots on goal this period. Too bad because Fleury had posted a .881 save-percentage, along with a 1-2-0 record in his three games prior.
- Pens’ forward Alex Ponikarovski scored his 21st goal of the season…in the last 0:15 of the period. A total blow heading into the locker room for the second intermission; considering the great play of Rask throughout the 20 minutes and the added boost from Chara’s fisticuffs.
Power play units:
Sturm — Satan — Ryder
Wideman — Chara
Wheeler — Krejci — Recchi
Chara — Bergeron