Mark Recchi contributed a goal in the first period and two assists in the third as part of Boston’s 7-4 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday at CONSOL Energy Center. The Bruins were down 4-2 at the start of the final block when Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara found the net just 15 seconds apart to even the score. Shawn Thornton netted the go-ahead goal 12:40 into the period before Blake Wheeler and Milan Lucic added the insurance in the remaining minutes.
“Obviously, ideally we don’t want to put ourselves in the situations where we’ve got to come back like that,” said Boston goalie Tim Thomas after collecting a season-high 42 saves. “But if we’re in that situation we know we’re not out of it.” Thomas extended his franchise record in the process by winning his eighth consecutive decision to start a season. Boston will now look ahead to a tough opponent in the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the TD Garden. Boston Bruins tickets are now available!
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman just recently announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Washington Capitals in the 2011 Winter Classic. The fourth annual New Year’s day contest is scheduled to take place at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 65,050 capacity stadium will provide the biggest stage the Classic has ever seen. The game will also feature the most recognized individual rivalry the NHL has to offer with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin.
2011 will be showcasing another NHL matchup in the elements Sunday, February 20th between the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens at McMahon Stadium. The first outdoor NHL game was in 2003 when the Canadiens faced off against the Edmonton Oilers. The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers are set to compete in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals tomorrow night! Check for more NHL updates here with us at AceTicket.com! Blackhawks vs. Flyers tickets are now available!
Mike Knuble found the net for his first ever shootout goal to pull the Washington Capitals ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3, concluding Wednesday’s OT thriller at the Verizon Center in DC. In a rivalry that primarily features NHL stand-outs Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, it was Knuble who came through in the final round to steal the spotlight. The Capitals have now won all three games against the Penguins with a chance to sweep for the year when they meet again in two weeks.
Ovechkin was thrilled in regards to the way his team stepped up last night, saying “It was mentally a very important win for us. We know they have a very good team. They miss Gonchar and Malkin, but they’re still the Stanley Cup champions.” Washington has built a great deal of momentum looking ahead to their remaining regular season contests, scoring two or more goals in their last 32 games. They are next scheduled to matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes tonight while the Penguins prepare for a Saturday showdown against the Philadelphia Flyers.
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.
Boston Bruins center Marc Savard suffered a concussion after Matt Cooke delivered a blindside hit with 5:37 left in Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. No penalty was issued despite the obvious severe contact, as it took doctors several minutes to clear him off the ice.
“A guy like that has to be suspended,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “That’s the way I see it because it’s an elbow to the head from the blindside, and that’s exactly the example they show, what we’ve got to get out of this game. We got a guy who’s got a concussion, our best player, and he’s going to be out for a while. He was out on the ice for a bit and that’s unacceptable.”
The Penguins in their efforts snapped Boston’s five-game road streak, rallying for two goals in the final two periods to earn their 40th win of the season. Blake Wheeler found the net first for the Bruins only score 3:12 into the contest. Pittsburgh kept the pressure on, posting 33 shots on goal to Boston’s 22. The Bruins are next scheduled to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow night at 7:00 PM. Purchase your Bruins tickets with us at Ace!
Alex Ovechkin scored three goals to Sidney Crosby’s two, leading his Washington Capitals past the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in overtime last night at the Verizon Center. The contest featured a handful of fights in all three periods from both squads. The top ranked Capitals stand at 41-12-6 compared to Pittsburgh’s 35-22-2 record so far this season. “It was what people pay to see, when the superstars shine,” said Washington coach Bruce Boudreau. “There’s tension, and there’s excitement, and there’s physical play, and there’s passion on both sides. That’s what hockey is all about.”
Crosby kicked off the festivities with his two goals in the first period. Ovechkin delivered 9:01 into the second before Jordan Staal earned a pair of back to back scores himself soon after. Washington scored again to make it 4-2 heading into the third block where Ovechkin proceeded to take over, notching the hat trick to send the game into OT. He later hit Mike Knuble with the assist on a power play to conclude the hard fought battle in DC. The Caps are scheduled to play the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday as the Penguins host the New York Islanders.
Drew Stafford rallied his Buffalo Sabres back with two goals after being down 3-0 in the second period. From there Paul Gaustad and Jason Pominville got in on the scoring action for Buffalo to win over the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 yesterday at HSBC Arena.
“It comes back to how you respond,” said Stafford. “It’s being professional about it, not feeling sorry for yourself. It’s just going back to work. I was very fortunate enough to get some breaks tonight. I’ll take it.” Pittsburgh came to play early with two goals in the first period compliments of Jordan Staal and Bill Guerin. Chris Kunitz then found the net 1:28 into the second before the Sabres eventually took control.
“A three-goal lead and we didn’t put it away. That’s what happens when you let teams hang around,” said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. “We worked pretty hard and probably deserved better.” Pittsburgh will next take on the New Jersey Devils tonight as the Sabres play host to the Atlanta Thrashers New Year’s Day.
After struggling on the offensive end last week, the Boston Bruins finally seem to have it all figured out. Saturday marked a successful win over the Buffalo Sabres, followed by the B’s dominating Sidney Crosby and the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers 3-0 yesterday at the TD Garden.
Crosby is in a bit of a slump himself, recording just two shots on the night. He’s now been left out of the stat book for the fifth consecutive contest. Longtime veteran and former Penguin Mark Recchi knows the young phenom will be back in regular form soon enough. “It’s just one of those things where he’s in a rut right now,” said Recchi. “It won’t be very long he’ll be in it, I know that. He’s a great player and when they break out, they can go the opposite way, and everything they touch turns to goals.”
Matt Hunwick scored first for Boston 1:36 into the second period. Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron supplied the bonus goals in the third. Tim Thomas denied all 27 Penguins shots on goal. The Bruins are next set to host the Florida Panthers this Thursday, November 12th at 7:00 PM.
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