Dustin Jeffrey stole a soft outlet pass, circled, burned Dennis Seidenberg and pounded a shot past Tim Thomas to erase what could have been a heart-breaking loss into an inspiring overtime victory. Jeffrey’s second goal of the game not only gave the visiting Penguins the 3-2 victory but also snapped Boston’s seven-game win streak.
As if Jeffrey’s two markers and Jordan Staal’s goal weren’t enough, I noticed something maybe more significant. After falling behind seven minutes into the second period when Zdeno Chara opened the scoring, the Penguins pushed forward to take a 2-1 lead. During that time, the Pens reassumed something they have been missing. Their offensive swagger.
The Pens were skating with conviction, firing shots at will, and carrying the play against one of the NHL’s hottest teams. Pittsburgh outshot the Bruins 39-31 in the contest and looked poised to earn a regulation victory, but David Krejci managed to tie the score with just 33 seconds remaining.
The resilient Pens wouldn’t be denied on this evening, outshooting Boston 3-0 in the extra stanza and securing their fourth-place position in the Eastern Conference.
Marc-Andre Fleury was brilliant in the cage for much of the evening and finished with 29 saves.