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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Boston Bruins will gladly talk you off the ledge, for one night at least

Oh the Boston Bruins, they sure know how to toy with fans' emotions huh?

After yet another brutal loss on Saturday to the Canadiens, they looked poised to go down in Pittsburgh last night at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The Bs (22-12-7) were down 2-0 with less than four minutes remaining so in other words, it was over. Except then it wasn't. Boston scored four goals over the final 3:23 to take a shocking 4-2 win over the Penguins (26-14-4), who skated without icon Sidney Crosby.

Almost as surprising was the fact that the dormant Bruins power play woke up for two of the four goals. Zdeno Chara got the party started at 16:37 with a long, screened shot from the point on the power play. Dennis Seidenberg and Gregory Campbell assisted.

Just 12 seconds later, Brad Marchand took a feed from Patrice Bergeron and tied it up. Campbell also assisted on that one.

Mark Recchi scored the game-winner with 50 seconds left, again on a power play. Michael Ryder and Seidenberg assisted but it was Recchi's hard work in front of the net (something completely predictable) that earned him the rebound goal.

Campbell iced it with an empty-netter with eight seconds remaining. Blake Wheeler and Bergeron had those assists.

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (23 saves) earned the win while Penguins goaltender Marc Andre-Fleury (28 saves) played well but for the second time this season, his team coughed up a two-goal lead in the third period to Boston (Brent Johnson was in net last time).

After a scoreless first period, Pittsburgh scored a pair of goals in the second. Mike Rupp scored on a bad-angle backhander (from Deryk Engelland) and Kris Letang scored a power-play goal on a slap shot from the point (from Evgeni Malkin and Paul Martin).

Tonight, Boston kicks off a four-game homestand by hosting the Ottawa Senators, the bottom-feeders in the Northeast Division. This is two points they simply need to have, no excuses.

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