Bruins Vs. Penguins: Red-Hot Pittsburgh Hosts Eastern Conference Foe Boston Sunday Afternoon

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 9: Steve Sullivan #26 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his third period goal with Zbynek Michalek #4 and Pascal Dupuis #9 against the Florida Panthers during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 9, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Panthers 2-1 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins (41-21-5, 87 points), riding an eight-game winning streak, welcome the Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins Bruins (40-24-3, 83 points) to the CONSOL Energy Center Sunday afternoon.

The red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins (41-21-5, 87 points), riding an eight-game winning streak, welcome the Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins Bruins (40-24-3, 83 points) to the CONSOL Energy Center Sunday afternoon.

After Friday night's 2-1 defeat of the Florida Panthers, the Penguins are 20-4-1 since January 13, and with a win Sunday could climb to just two points behind the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers.

Marc-Andre Fleury has been stellar in net of late. The Penguins netminder has allowed just one goal in each of his last three starts, and is 6-0-0 with a 1.14 goals-against average in his last six starts.

The Bruins will be looking to recover from a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday, a frustrating defeat that saw Boston miss several opportunities to at least garner a tie and point in the contest. Boston has, however, won three straight games in Pittsburgh entering Sunday's game.

Sunday's matchup is NBC's Game of the Week, with puck drop at 12:30 p.m. ET.

For more on Pittsburgh check out SB Nation's Penguins blog Pensburgh and SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on the Boston Bruins, visit SB Nation's Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder and SB Nation Boston.

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