The Bruins had their work cut out for them on Saturday afternoon when they took on the Pittsburgh Penguins. In a contest where Boston dominated the early part of the game, it was the Penguins who held on for the 2-1 victory.
Joe Corvo had the only B's goal of the contest on a shot from the top of the offensive zone. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand had the assists. The goal came at 6:45 of the third period, but at that point it was too late.
Pittsburgh got on the board right before the conclusion of the first period on a power play goal by Evgeni Malkin. Matt Cooke beat Tim Thomas in front of the net for their second tally. Thomas finished the day with 26 saves on 28 shots.
Boston had their hearts broken in the early going by Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury as he made some great saves. The rest of it was on the B's. They could not finish on the chances that they had. Whether it was shooting the puck over the net or failing to keep the puck in the zone, it just was not their day.
Jordan Caron was recalled from Providence prior to the game but he ended up being a healthy scratch. Nathan Horton missed his fourth straight game with concussion-like symptoms.
The Bruins need to get their roster back to full health in order to get back on track. Then again I am not even sure if that is the problem at this point. The B's will be back in action Sunday afternoon against the Washington Capitals.
Gold Star: Patrice Bergeron (1 assist, plus-1 rating, 68.4% face-offs won).
Black Star: Benoit Pouliot...We all thought that he broke that habit of taking dumb penalties.