They work very hard at, they’re very good at it, probably the best in the league at getting that defensive match-up, getting that change, getting the guys they want to.
PITTSBURGH, PA - Coming into the second night of a back-to-back is never easy.
Especially when the game played 24 hours prior is a 7:30 game that goes into the shootout, as was the case for the Bruins on Tuesday night at CONSOL Energy Center. And even more so, against a rested Penguins team on a five-game win streak that had Monday off.
But when the B’s saw a 2-0 lead erased with under six minutes left in regulation and the Pens score three unanswered goals en route to a 3-2 comeback victory, they certainly weren’t using the nothing-left-in-the-tank excuse for the loss.
"No, I think it was the energy, was more the way we approached the third period," alternate captain Patrice Bergeron told media, when asked if his team ran out of gas at the end. "We sat back."
"The first 40 we were going at them on the forecheck, we were first on pucks, and we were getting results," added Bergeron, as he spoked from the locker room, looking unable to find the words after the frustrating loss.
"I don’t know exactly how to explain it, but it’s unacceptable."
PITTSBURGH, PA - The B’s will be back at it tonight against Pittsburgh at the CONSOL Energy Center, following their 3-2 come-from-behind shootout win over the Senators. They did not skate this morning and will head to the arena later today before the second game of their back-to-back.
Pittsburgh is on a five-game winning streak and hold an 18-8-0 record this season. During the run, the Penguins have scored an NHL-best 26 goals (tied with Montreal), putting up a 5.2 goals-per-game average in March. The B’s will have their hands full with Pittsburgh’s steady offense, that sees Sidney Crosby (3-11=14), Chris Kunitz (8-4=12) and Kris Letang (0-11=11) as the top three leading scorers in March among all NHL players.
The Pens lines during morning skate rushes are listed below, in the absence of Malkin (who is out 1-2 weeks with an upper-body injury), though Evgeni did skate on his own today.
Projected lineup for Pens:
Pens Head Coach Dan Bylsma said his lineup will be a game-time decision, but confirmed that Marc-Andre Fleury will be in goal against Boston.
Stay tuned to BostonBruins.com and follow my updates on Twitter @NHLBruins for more news as we head into tonight….
-Caryn Switaj ^CS