The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Boston Bruins Tuesday Night by a score of 5-3, but left the TD Garden in worse shape then when they got there. The Penguins lost Joe Vitale and Matt Niskanen and neither player returned to the ice. As of today, there were no updates given about either player.The Penguins started the scoring early as Sidney Crosby scored the first of his 2 goals last night at the 7:41 mark of the first period on a snap shot to give the Pens a 1-0 lead. Paul Martin was able to score about 7 minutes later to give the penguins a 2-0 lead which if you have been paying attention, something they have done often lately. Something else they have done lately is give up that lead quickly, and that happened again on Tuesday night.
Beniot Pouliot and Milan Lucic both scored to bring the game to a tie and had most Penguin fans saying “here we go again.” That would not be the case though last night as the Bruins took 2 back to back stupid penalties to give the Pens a 5-3 opportunity. The Penguins were able to capitalize on both Power Play Opportunities with a James Neal Score and Sidney Crosby’s Second goal to give the Pens a 4-2 lead before the end of the second period.
Neither team was done scoring, as the 3rd period came the Pens were able to get an Aaron Asham goal to stretch the lead to 5-3. The Bruins were able to draw within 2 again with a goal by Rich Peverley but that would be all they were able to put passed Brent Johnson. Johnson had another strong night as he was put into many bad situations with multiple odd man breaks including a couple of 2-0 breaks. He was able to hold the fort and the Pens were able to out score their opponent. The defense is becoming alarming and certainly needs to get better or this will end up being a short run in the playoffs.
The Penguins take on a Rangers Team on Thursday that has absolutely nothing to play for as they have earned the overall number 1 spot in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins on the other hand are only 3 points in front of the Flyers with a game against the Flyers in Pittsburgh on Saturday.