We mentioned yesterday that the Pens haven't won a game in regulation since February 4th. However, what we didn't mention is that they have points in seven of those 13 games since that win. They've picked up points in four of their last five, even though they've only won one of those games. That's pretty good for a team in the injury situation that the Pens are in.
The Pens are two points ahead of Washington for fourth place, but the Pens have a game in hand. The Bruins hold the second spot in the East.
This game had let down written all over it before it started. Bruins aren't great at home this season. They were coming off a six game road trip and facing a good Lightning team. But the Bruins stepped up. They refused to leave the ice without a victory. They hit 30 posts. They didn't stop coming. They scratched and clawed their way to victory. Exactly the type of win you need to learn how to get once the playoffs roll around. Win streak hit seven.
Setting the tone is something the Black and Gold has done well of late. In the six games since these Bruins started playing together, they’ve allowed only seven goals, including just three against two of the League’s top-five offenses. They’ve done it by skating and they’ve done it by being physical, and they’re quickly starting to look like a team that might be around for quite a few more months.
Season series: Bruins Lead 2-1
Last meeting: January 15, 2011 - Penguins Won 3-2
What we said in our recap:
Jordan Staal is a monster right now. He has both game-winners in the past two Pens' wins. Marc-Andre Fleury had to turn away unlimited shots in holding down the fort. The Library of Congress should archive the game Marc-Andre Fleury played and have it be automatically sent to trolls on the Internet when they say Marc-Andre Fleury isn't a big-time goalie. Then again, this was a weekend game in January. All things considered, though, the Pens blowing a 2-goal lead and losing would've been disastrous.
As mentioned everywhere Kunitz should be back today. [ trib ]
Bylsma and Michalek were not happy about the penalty that cost the pens the game last night. [ pg ]
Good read about Matty Nisk. [ winnipeg free press ]
Mark Bartkowski will be called up for the third time. Against the Pens. [ NE hockey journal ]
Mark Recchi sucks.
Favorite Bruins-related Photoshop or gif:
Possible Penguins lines:
James Neal - Mark Letestu - Alexei Kovalev
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Max Talbot - Dustin Jeffrey - Pascal Dupuis
Craig Adams - Mike Rupp - Chris Conner
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Deryk Engelland - Kris Letang
Ben Lovejoy - Matt Niskanen
Line to watch out for (how depressing is this)
Bruins Lines from Hockey Uptopia:
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Mark Recchi
Michael Ryder - Blake Wheeler - Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Steven Kampfer
Dennis Seidenberg - Andrew Ference
Mark Stuart - Adam McQuaid
Line to watch out for:
"I'm going f*cking nuts, man. I can't be someone else every f*ckin' day. It's been a year of this. I've had enough of this sh*t! "