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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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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.