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Bruins beat Penguins in clash of East contenders

Dec 5, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

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An 82-game season begs for a lot of contests that are called “measuring stick games,” but it seemed excusable to use the term for tonight’s match between the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sure, the Pens aren’t 100 percent, but both teams have been hot lately. It just turns out that the defending champions are even hotter, as they dismissed Pittsburgh by a score of 3-1.

It’s pretty tough to exaggerate Boston’s impressive 15-game record of 14-0-1, too. (That marks the best run they’ve had since they put together 17 consecutive games without a loss in 1983, according to The Associated Press.)

They’ve been winning in much of the same way that they did in the 2011 playoffs. The Bruins managed to blow some teams out, but tends to thrive in their natural habitat: skin-tight games.

Tim Thomas was the star on Monday night, as he stopped 44 out of 45 shots. Matt Cooke (one goal) may remain a thorn in Boston’s sides, but they’re likely pleased that he was the only guy who could do any damage tonight. Tyler Seguin, Gregory Campbell and Benoit Pouliot found the twine for the Bruins.

Again, it’s one game and the Penguins weren’t at 100 percent. Still, this exhibits another profound piece of evidence that the defending champions remain the team to beat, even if they aren’t always the sexiest choice.

  1. 187onsandusky - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    No excuses in regard to injury. The Bruins simply outplayed us for about 48 minutes of the game. We were sloppy and they had a quicker step than we did.

    See what happens next time.

    • 8man - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:02 AM

      I don’t think there is any doubt that both of these teams will be in the playoffs, have a legitimate shot of winning the cup, and wouldn’t need four games at home to win any playoff series.

  2. nhlbruins90 - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:50 AM

    We didn’t just beat them, we demolished them. OK, that sounds really cocky, but 2 minutes on a 2-man advantage with no scoring … with Sid and Malkin out there. That’s crazy. And as for the Bruins, I think they’re a sexy team, I don’t care what anybody else thinks.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:46 PM

      thats pretty gay of you if you’re a dude

      • bobwsc - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:23 PM

        he’s countering the author’s remark of “even if they aren’t always the sexiest choice”?

        lose the homophobia dude.

  3. 8man - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:56 AM

    Bruins fan here. Nothing to say about them this year. Again, their play is talking.

    Now as for last year, I think we are finding out, their Stanley Cup run wasn’t a fluke like so many would lke to suggest.

  4. ballsohardu - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Crosby is pretty good for being born with both parts

  5. jpelle82 - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    seidenberg’s save on sullivan was bigger than all 44 of thomas’. momentum swings if pens score on that 5 on 3 and it couldve been a different game. kudos to bruins hot streak continuing

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