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Bruins shake off Crosby’s late goal, beat Pens in OT

Nov 25, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby sent Monday’s game into overtime with a goal in the dying seconds, but it wasn’t enough, as the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.

This was one of those “something has to give” games.

While the Bruins’ 2013 Eastern Conference finals sweep of the Penguins loomed large in the minds of many, Pittsburgh had been dominating the regular season meetings; they came into tonight’s game 9-1 in their last 10 against Boston. The Bruins have been stout at home, lately, moving to 7-0-2 in Beantown after this win.

Torey Krug notched the overtime game-winner while Swedes Loui Eriksson (one goal, two assists) and Carl Soderberg (two helpers) continue to heat up. (One might blame Crosby for losing coverage on Krug’s OT-winner, by the way.)

The Bruins have now won two OT games in a row, improving their overall record to 16-6-2.

The Penguins are on a two-game losing streak, but at least James Neal seems like he’s back to being “The Real Deal.” He now has four consecutive multiple-point games with tonight’s two-goal, one-assist effort.

Pittsburgh continues to look up at Boston among the elite, as they finish the evening at 15-9-1.

  1. scottybcboy - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Great win! Despite the East’s deficiencies it is still a huge statement.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    The Pens and Bruins are the two powerhouses of the East. Krug I’ve started to gain a healthy dislike for the kid. Crosby scoring to tie the game with .3 left in the game was similar to Bill Guerin tying it late in 2009-10 vs Boston in Pittsburgh. I’m very happy to see Jiggalo Jimmy aka James Neal starting to catch fire again. Go Pens.

  3. muckleflugga - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    crosby…

    delivering the definitive case for plus minus

    • hockey412 - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Not to bring logic into your “look at me, look at me!” routine, but I’d rather have crosby’s 31 points at plus 2 than Bergerons 11 points at plus 6. By the way, Chara is a minus 1.

      Just a blown 4 on 4 cover. Krug has a tremendous shot and made a good play. I’m going go give him credit instead of acting like I could have done better.

  4. drewzducks - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Bruins are lucky that Neal doesn’t back check as well as he shoots.

  5. amityvillefun - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    “Pittsburgh continues to look up at Boston…” Nice!

    Keep it rolling Bruins! What a goal by Eriksson! Krug is quickly becoming a fan favorite with yet another big play when it counts.

    I gotta hand it to Crosby, with .2 seconds left, he didn’t quit and managed to get a point out of the deal. I’m just glad the Bruins pulled out a win and that Claude is actually “going for it” in OT by putting out our scorers instead of waiting for a shootout so Chris Kelly can remind us why he is a third line defensive center.

    Thanks Krug! You made Cam Neely VERRRRY HAPPY with that goal. You can tell that Cam has it against the Pens.

    • jpelle82 - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      wonder why cam would feel that way….

  6. joey4id - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Great game by Tuuka, and a tough day at the office for Orpik and Letang. Can’t blame Fleury for the loss, or Rask for the goals. Great shooting by Neal! Ding! Ding! On paper the Pens have the better team, but on the ice the Bs look like a well oiled machine. Can’t say the same for the Pens’ defensive breakdown. Good win for the Bs.

    • amityvillefun - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      No hockey game was ever won “on paper.” The Pens looked really good on paper last season and got swept by a Bruins team that is designed to be successful in the playoffs.

      What matters is the drive to win. You can have the top players in the league, but if they aren’t working together as a team, and are willing to pay the price come playoff time, well, that piece of paper is pretty much worthless.

      That being said, I highly doubt the Pens would get swept again. However, while the Pens might have some big guns on the offensive side of things, the Bruins defense and goaltending are superior. Keep in mind the Bruins were without two of their mainstays on “D” last night….no Seidenberg or McQuaid. They’ve been getting it done with the kids from Providence. How’s that for depth?

      • joey4id - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Which is why I believe that Bylsma will have to go if the Pens don’t get to the SCF at the very least.

      • c9castine - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        joey4id tired of you making pens fans look dumb. firing bylsma because he only got to the ECF for the 3rd time in 6 years would be idiotic.

    • jpelle82 - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      cant blame rask for anything, he’s the reason it was 2-0 at the end of the 1st and the reason they won the game. even jack edwards was saying how badly the bruins were getting controlled through the all 3 periods and he’s the biggest homer in the league as far as announcers go. granted i wouldnt blame julien for taking the foot off the pedal with a 2-0 lead with his goalie and chara back there. he definitely played them to win in it at the end though, i think the b’s just got mad at that crosby goal and imposed their will in OT, no way they wanted to go to shootout. b’s were opportunistic and the pens never quit, good game to watch, both teams deserved at least a point in this one.

      • c9castine - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        best description of the game yet.

        the bruins, to us, have become like the devils of old.

        we can carry the play all game, get more chances and shots, but the game will remain tight with a good chance for them to win because they never get undisciplined in their approach, and take advantage of their opportunities. plus solid goaltending EVERY night. even the best goalies have some off nights. and i know task does but it seems like he keeps it tight every night.

    • hockey412 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      I never understood why people say the Pens have such a good team on paper. The Bruins organization is (for the time being) built on depth. Four lines with not as big a difference between first line and bottom in talent as the Pens have. Both teams have for the most part spent up to the cap. It’s just a different distribution of talent.

      • jpelle82 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        the bruins fans feed off this blue collar mentality as if their team is just a bunch of 3rd and 4th liners who play well as a team and play with more heart than the rest of the league. they get pride in the idea that just because they havent have a 1st overall pick or art ross winner since they traded joe thornton that their team must have more character, will to win, team first mentality, intestinal fortitude, and work ethic than everyone else to explain their success….as if they have an exclusive trademark on the team model. this idea is funny to me, considering that the bruins have the same amount of success as the penguins have had in the past with their “different” teams on paper. both have won a cup and both have lost one in the finals in the last 6 seasons…

      • shaundre93 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        @jpelle

        So you’re telling me that penguins fans don’t take pride in having some of the biggest stars in the NHL? They don’t take pride in having the most offensively lethal team? Im sure it means nothing to them to have the “face of the NHL” on their team. And theres certainly no trademark on it, seeing as how the Kings and Blues have followed that blue print with great success. Of course we’re gonna take pride in Campbell skating on a broken leg and Bergeron playing with a broken body. It’s not as if Bruins fans think other teams can’t have what we have, we just absolutely LOVE the team that we have and how they play. Its definitely not just success, although two finals appearances in three years doesn’t hurt

      • c9castine - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        when the team is healthy chuck kobasew plays on the 4th line with tanner glass and 2 time cup winner craig adams. ill take our depth any day of the week. we are real healthy right now. having scuderi, kobasew, bennett out right now is hurting. bennett on the first line makes us a much deeper team.

  7. steelers88 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Joey4id.
    I will just be happy if the Penguins make it to the Playoffs. The Penguins are so overrated. Frankly even if they do get into the Playoffs they probably won’t make it past the 1st round. The Pens have not been playing good this year. Since the second round of the Playoffs last year the Penguins are only 15-14-1 that’s just .500 record. I wouldn’t get your hopes up about winning the cup this year.

    • hazlydose - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      There is no possible way the Penguins don’t make the playoffs. The east is so terrible this year that they could probably sneak a low seed riding Zatkoff and Crosby or Malkin missing half the year.

    • c9castine - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      hey steelers88 you know the season is longer than 17 weeks right? if you went back and looked at the pens records in october and november you’d be surprised we always start out slow. its not like we are 10-15 we are 15-9-1 2nd in the conference.

      take a chill pill.

  8. steelers88 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Joey4id.
    I will just be happy if the Penguins make it to the Playoffs. The Penguins are so overrated. Frankly even if they do get into the Playoffs they probably won’t make it past the 1st round. The Pens have not been playing good this year. Since the second round of the Playoffs last year the Penguins are only 15-14-1 that’s just .500 record. I wouldn’t get your hopes up about winning the cup this year.

  9. steelers88 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    By the way sorry for the double posting. Whoops!

  10. steelers88 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    This is not the same Penguins team that we have seen in the past. They can’t score.

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      I know you’r just trolling because no one can be this stupid. The pens are 8th in the league in goals per game, they are 9th in the league in goals against per game. They have the league leading scorer centering their top line, and the league leading assist player centering their second line. Jame Neal has caught fire since his return, and is looking like the 40 goal scorer he was the year before the shortened season.

    • c9castine - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      dude, your that stereotypical steelers first/penguins second pittsburgh sports fan thats might be a fan but it thoroughly stupid about the game of hockey and what is actually going on with the team.

      like i said, this isn’t a 17 week NFL schedule buddy. there are ups and downs and different stretches you go through. and right now like i said we are 2nd in the conference during a down time. ill take it.

      go back to PFT and talk about Ben’s ability to extend the play and how we are gonna beat the dirty birds this week and make the playoffs. your draining the intellect out of the whole thing right now.

  11. amityvillefun - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    No one ever said we have “an exclusive trademark on the team model” – we simply appreciate guys that are willing to do what it takes to win. Guys like Greg Campbell who broke his leg and finished his shift. That takes guts. If you don’t admire hard work and guts, I suggest you switch to another sport, because hard work and guts COMBINED with talent is what gets it done in the NHL.

    This Bruins team is far from a bunch of 3rd and 4th liners. Boston fans simply understand you can’t win a damn thing on paper and can’t figure-skate your way to the finals no matter how many points you put up in the regular season.

    Before you speak about “Bruins fans,” and start generalizing about people who have embraced the sport of hockey LONG BEFORE your Pens ever existed, you might want to do a little homework so you sound like you know what you are talking about. Boston fans have been coming to see the Bruins since 1924…which is 43 years longer than the Pens. Over that stretch, we’ve seen what works and what doesn’t. Hard work and team mentality gets the job done and the Boston fans applaud that type of play because it works.

    Perhaps if your team worked a little harder, you wouldn’t have gotten swept in the playoffs and downright embarrassed. Nah, they looked good on paper, so let’s just avoid going in the corners…right Sid?

    And yes, we appreciate talent along with the hard work. Bobby Orr is the model Bruin to most Boston fans. Want to know why? Because he had an amazing set of skills and worked his tail off giving his all. He didn’t take his talent for granted. Bobby would block a shot just as quickly as he’d rush end to end to score a goal. That’s what Bruins fans expect. If you want to blame and “generalize” what Bruins fans admire, ask the most famous Bruin…he’ll give you the inside scoop.

    • jpelle82 - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      there’s a guy on every team like campbell… he just happened to break his leg while others might break a wrist or finger, or maybe just get stung. they finish their shifts, they sacrifice their bodies…they are trying to keep a job and will do whatever it takes. you can cling to an incident and be proud of your team all you want, i for one am glad and proud that mario kept playing after cancer. i dont know anyone thats been alive since 1924, much less attended hockey games (since most didnt have tv til the 60’s) so i’m glad you can speak for all those fans there on that. good insight, I appreciate hearing from the old timers…..

    • c9castine - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      besides the fact that your post is probably the most Hallmark channel worthy of posts I have ever seen, and made me chuckle a bit, you should do your homework. Pittsburgh has had Pro hockey going back to the early 20s. Things got a little dicey with the Great Depression, and the fact that Pittsburgh played a huge role in WW2 but we came back.

      Its a stupid post because you think your exclusive. If you want to blame and “generalize” what Pens fans admire, ask the most famous Penguin…he’ll give you the inside scoop on how he battled cancer and bad backs and Adam Grave’s hatchet and heart problems to mold one of the greatest careers in the history of the game in a short time, and more importantly a greater life off the ice.

      The things he has done for Pittsburgh, our children, our cancer patients, our sports fans, our parents and teachers, in this city, aid above and beyond what anybody has done born from this game.

      Bobby Orr wrote a book about himself and sold it. (for the record i just bought it, its gonna be great, I’m just saying) and Mario built the most advanced Child Cancer Care Center in the country.

      No comment on the real hockey related stuff, it has no substance either.

  12. c9castine - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    whats a huge statement?? too many people from all teams coming on here acting like their team just made a statement in November. when the pens beat the Bruins (in regulation) a couple weeks ago we never thought it was a statement we were better, just sort of a page turner from being swept last year.

    Its november guys chill the F out.

    good game, both teams made some mistakes but otherwise played a pretty solid game as you would expect from these two. couple power plays i don’t agree with. Crosby wtf bro?? bad enough you would try to block that with your body but you wanna wave at it with your stick? bonehead move. its good he got the goal back for the point, but Krug getting a free shot wasn’t how i wanted that to end.

    onto the next one.

  13. steelers88 - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    C9castine.
    Have you seen the Penguins this year? They obviously need to make some major trades to be serious contenders. The Penguins are just a two line team.

    • c9castine - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      steelers, buddy, without trying to make myself look like a loser i have seen literally every game the penguins have played in its entirety since the 1999-2000 season, with the exception of the 3rd period of the devils game two weeks ago because I had to take my fiancé to the ER, and probably 70% of them before that since 91-92 (when i was 5). Sad but true story, a lot of them had to be recorded even the dynasty years from 02-06. i played amateur hockey until i was 19. I’m a complete hockey/pittsburgh penguins nerd.

      so, needless to say, i know a bit about whats going on here. being in only 2nd place in the conference has a lot more to do with kris letang being a little league pitching machine, a heap of injuries, some bad games and some bad luck.

      it has absolutely frickin nothing to do with our offense, or coaching.

  14. steelers88 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    It has nothing to do with luck. It’s about the players. If the players are good then the penguins will win. If the players are bad then the penguins will lose. Right now the players are playing bad so the Penguins are losing. Obviously the players can get better and if and when that the Penguins will start winning. What concerns me is that the players are not getting better they played good at the beginning of the year but this month they have been playing bad. Right now I don’t consider the Penguins one of the elite teams but that can change as well.

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Earth shattering stuff right there. Be honest how many NHL analysis jobs have you turned down so far? 4? With this kind of analysis mike milbury and jeremy roenick should be worried about their job security.

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