Monday, March 16, 2009

B's Game Recap vs. The Pens

From the AP &;

PITTSBURGH (AP) -Chris Kunitz lost a goal and a hat trick he insists he didn't deserve. The two points? Kunitz and captain Sidney Crosby believe the Pittsburgh Penguins very much earned both of those.

Sergei Gonchar and Kunitz scored 18 seconds apart early in the third period, Petr Sykora got the game-winner later in the period and the Penguins gained a valuable victory in the Eastern Conference race, beating Boston 6-4 on Sunday.

The Penguins rallied from deficits of 3-2 and 2-1 to beat the conference-leading Bruins for only the second time in six games and moved ahead of idle Montreal into fifth place in the crowded standings. The Penguins picked up at least one point for the 10th consecutive game, going 8-0-2 during a run that began with a seven-game winning streak

For the Bruins Phil Kessel scored his 31st goal and fourth in three games and former Penguins player Mark Recchi and Blake Wheeler also scored for the Bruins. Wheeler's short-handed goal in the second briefly put them up 3-2.

However, Wheeler's holding penalty 28 seconds into the third created the power play that led to the first of two Kunitz's goals in the opening 1:01 of the period. "You can't look at anybody but yourself," Wheeler said. "Obviously there's calls you don't really like, but that's part of the game. We can't put them on the power play that much (the Penguins were 2-for-8), and we did."

Boston coach Claude Julien said several penalties were "poor calls," but added, "You can't win hockey games, especially against a team like this, when you take that many penalties."

Guerin scored 50 seconds into the game, his second goal since being dealt to Pittsburgh. Recchi answered 16 seconds later by beating Mathieu Garon with a one-timer from just inside the blue line as the Bruins scored on their first shot for the second day in a row. They scored on their first two shots of a 2-1 victory over the Islanders on Saturday.

Garon made 21 saves in only his second start since being traded to Pittsburgh on Jan. 17. Marc-Andre Fleury started the previous 19 games.

Notes: Crosby has four goals and 17 assists in 13 games against Boston. ... Five years after having the NHL's worst attendance, the Penguins played before their 100th consecutive sellout crowd. The streak began Feb. 14, 2007. ... Penguins executive Eddie Johnston was honored before the game in recognition of his 25th season with the club. He has been their coach, general manager, assistant general manager and, in his current role, senior adviser.

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