Goalie Marc-Andre Fluery collected 17 saves as Penguins offense went to work through all three periods to defeat the Boston Bruins 3-0 yesterday at the TD Garden. Bruins fans and players alike were more focused on retaliation against Matt Cooke following his cheap shot towards Marc Savard in a contest two weeks back. Cooke was never issued a suspension, despite the severity of Savard’s head injury.
Shawn Thornton couldn’t wait a minute to throw gloves and brawl. The 7-year veteran found Cooke five seconds into competition and proceeded to connect a few combos as the Boston crowd went wild. “We certainly defended our teammate well,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “The other part of the game wasn’t there.”
After tensions settled, Tyler Kennedy was able to net the go-ahead goal 8:34 into the first period. Alexei Ponikarovsky eventually followed up with a score to end the second block. Mike Rupp then supplied the final dagger with 14:46 left in regulation. The Penguins will next face off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday as the Bruins prepare to host the New York Rangers the following day.