March 9, 2012; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni malkin (71) moves the against the Florida Panthers during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pens won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

The Penguins Make It 9 In A Row With Win Over Boston

The Pittsburgh Penguins Started fast and drove Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins out the game early.      The Penguins were able to keep the heat on the backup goalie and were able to withstand a small comeback for a 5-2 victory this afternoon against Boston to Stretch their winning streak to 9 games.

The Penguins scored 3 times in the first period starting with an Arron Asham wrist shot at the 3:24 mark of the first period.    That was followed up with a Matt Niskanen Goal less than 4 minutes later to make it 2-0.     James Neal finally busted out of his slump with a power play goal near the end of the period to make it 3-0.     The period ended, along with Tim Thomas’s day.

Boston started fast in the second period to draw within 2 goals with a snap shot by Dave Krejci.      Chris Kunitz continued his hot play with a goal just 3 minutes later to stretch the lead back out to 3 for the Pens.     Krejci scored again 5 minutes later for his second goal to make the game 4-2 Penguins.     That would be the last puck that would get by Marc Andre Fleury.     Pasqual Dupuis got on the board late in the 3rd period to make the game 5-2 and put the Bean Town Bruins on an early bus home.

Evgeni Malkin picked up 3 assists and Neal picked up a goal and 2 assists for the game.     With those 3 assists, Malkin took the points lead from Stamkos.    Malkin now has 84 points and Stamkos has 82, though, Stamkos has a 10 goal lead over  Malkin in the standings.      By the way, Evgeni Malkin is second in goals.     The Penguins are now off till Thursday where there is a great chance we will see Sidney Crosby return for that Game against the Rangers.

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