Penguins Vs. Bruins: Pittsburgh Takes Control In Race For 4th Seed With 5-3 Win In Boston

Brent Johnson had his best game in a long time, and Sidney Crosby scored two goals and added an assist in an impressive 5-3 win in Boston.

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Penguins Vs. Bruins Recap: Sidney Crosby And Brent Johnson Lead Pittsburgh To 5-3 Win

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back in firm control in the race for the four seed and home-ice advantage in the first round after a 5-3 road win over the Boston Bruins. The Pens scored two late power play goals at the end of the second period to head into the final 20 minutes with total momentum.

Arron Asham would add to the goal-streak when the enforcer scored only his fifth goal of the season. Asham took a feed from Craig Adams and went hard to the net to beat Marty Turco. The bruiser then leveled Johnny Boychuk after scoring the goal that put the Pens up three. Rich Peverley would break through for Boston just two minutes later but that's all the Bruins would manage against Brent Johnson.

The Bruins had their first power play of the evening in the middle of the final period, when Sidney Crosby was whistled for delay of game after batting a puck out of mid air that went sailing over the glass. But Boston could not take advantage as the Pens killed it off and held on for the two-goal win.

It was an impressive showing against the defending Stanley Cup Champions at their rink. Sidney Crosby finished with two goals and an assist but perhaps most encouraging was the performance of Brent Johnson. The back-up netminder has had a rough season, to say the least, but he looked to be in solid 2010-11 form on Tuesday night. Pittsburgh now returns home for their final two games of the season against division rivals New York and Philadelphia. The Rangers come to town on Thursday night.

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Penguins Vs. Bruins Score Update: Pittsburgh Perfect On The Power Play To Take 4-2 Lead

The Pittsburgh Penguins added two more goals in the second period and took a 4-2 lead over the Boston Bruins into the second intermission at TD Garden. The Pens scored two late and impressive power play goals to re-take control. Boston's Milan Lucic tied it up just 18 seconds into the period, beating Brent Johnson down low for his 25th goal of the year.

In what became a chippy second period, the Pens took total advantage of two Boston penalties in the final three minutes of the second period. The first was a charging call on Daniel Paille, who slammed into Matt Niskanen at full speed as Niskanen went to play a puck in the corner. The Pens defenseman hobbled off and went straight to the locker room an Paille went straight to the box. Just seconds later as the Pens started on the power play, Rich Peverley was whistled for a high-sticking penalty on Kris Letang at the blue line. There was certainly a bit of acting on the part of Letang, as he snapped his head back even though Peverley's stick did not connect above the shoulder. The Bruins were incensed, but Pittsburgh buckled down and went to work with the two-man advantage.

The first goal was James Neal's 40th of the season, as he ripped a shot high past Marty Turco off a feed from Sidney Crosby. The Pens moved the puck perfectly around the ice, and Crosby tried to hit Chris Kuntiz in front but he fanned as the Bruins defensemen swarmed. But the puck went right through to Neal who buried it.

Still holding a man-advantage, the Pens would add to the lead less than a minute later with Peverley still in the box. In the interim, Andrew Ference went right after Neal and both dropped the gloves, landing some big blows. That scuffle interrupted the power play momentarily but the Pens would quickly get the puck moving again. Sidney Crosby scored his second goal of the night, taking a great pass from Letang and quickly slamming it home. Letang picked up a loose puck and coyly skated across the ice and appeared ready to fire a shot. Instead, he faked and sent a pass to Crosby.

It could certainly be a chippy third period, as the Bruins were furious with Letang and they've also been in Neal's face all evening.

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Penguins Vs. Bruins Score Update: Pittsburgh Jumps On Boston Early, Leads 2-1 After One Period

The Pittsburgh Penguins, fighting for home-ice advantage in the first round of the NHL playoffs, lead the Boston Bruins 2-1 after 20 minutes at TD Garden. The Pens jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Boston, which has secured a spot as Northeast Division champions.

The Pens took a 1-0 lead on Sidney Crosby's sixth goal of the season. Crosby ripped a shot from the left circle that hit off the far post and ricocheted into the back of the net behind Marty Turco. Pascal Dupuis was credited with the assist, extending his points streak to 15 games.

Pittsburgh added another goal when Steve Sullivan jumped up from his defensemen's spot and rushed to the front of the net. Sullivan tried to put a shot on goal and as he made a mad dash to the net, the puck flipped up in front of his stick and he incidentally knocked it in with the end of his stick and glove. The play was reviewed to determine if he made a deliberate motion with the glove, but the goal was upheld.

Boston would cut the lead in half when Benoit Pouliot beat Brent Johnson on a snazzy backhand move for his 15th goal of the year. The play was set up when Sullivan blocked a Brian Rolston shot at the blue line but had to hobble off to the bench after taking the puck right on the leg. Pouliot picked up the loose puck and the charged towards the net, capitalizing on the one-man advantage.

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2012 NHL Playoffs: Penguins, Flyers In A Race For First Round Home Ice

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers seem destined to play a potential nine times in three weeks, a scenario that could produce one of the most bitter chapters in the long history of these clubs' ugly rivalry. After Philly's 6-4 win Sunday, they climbed within striking distance of taking home ice away from the Pens in the potential 4/5 seed match-up in the Eastern Conference:


Eastern Standings

GP W-L-OT Pts
New York Rangers 79 50-22-7 107
Boston Bruins 79 47-28-4 98
Florida Panthers 79 37-25-17 91
Pittsburgh Penguins 79 48-25-6 102
Philadelphia Flyers 79 46-24-9 101
New Jersey Devils 79 45-28-6 96
Ottawa Senators 79 41-28-10 92
Washington Capitals 80 40-32-8 88
Buffalo Sabres 79 38-31-10 86
Tampa Bay Lightning 79 37-35-7 81
Winnipeg Jets 79 36-34-9 81
Carolina Hurricanes 79 31-32-16 78
Toronto Maple Leafs 79 34-36-9 77
New York Islanders 79 33-35-11 77
Montreal Canadiens 79 29-35-15 73

At 96 points, the New Jersey Devils are unlikely to catch either team relegating the final week of the regular season to a Pennsylvania battle for home ice. Despite a one point lead, the Pens have a slightly tougher two-game stretch (at No. 2 Boston, vs. the top-seeded Rangers) than Philadelphia (two home games vs. the Rangers and Sabres) before the clubs meet at CONSOL Energy Center Saturday, with home ice potentially still on the line.

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Penguins Vs. Bruins: Pittsburgh Travels To Boston To Take On Stanley Cup Champions

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in a fight for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, and they'll take on the Bruins on Tuesday looking to hold onto that spot.

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