Finally (exhale), Pens Hold Off Bruins

Skating in a city recently buried by snow, Pittsburgh’s netminder persevered through heavy flurries en route to earning the game’s top star in Boston Saturday afternoon.  Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 42 shots – many by nothing more than a snowflake – to secure a 3-2 victory for the visiting Penguins.

The game started much like Monday night’s contest when the two teams battled in Pittsburgh.  The methodical Pens scrapped their way to a 2-0 lead only to see the Bruins strike back quickly.  This afternoon, goals from Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis had the Penguins uncomfortably in front.

The unease felt by the entire Penguin nation was validated when the Bruins scored 13 seconds apart in the second period to knot the score.  Just six days earlier, Boston scored goals in a span of 12 seconds to claim momentum and ultimately the win.  Comebacks have been commonplace for the B’s this season, a team with the most points in the Eastern Conference since the beginning of December.

This afternoon, however, Jordan Staal back-handed the puck past Boston goaltender Tuuka Rask to give the Pens a precarious 3-2 advantage with more than 16 minutes remaining.  Fleury was forced to make several more saves, 20 in the third period, before the triumph was secure.  #29 was up to the challenge and finally the never-say-die Bruins were trumped.

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