Pittsburgh (19-14-4) at Boston (28-5-4), 7:00 p.m. EST
BOSTON (Ticker) — The Boston Bruins attempt to pad their
already sizable lead in the Eastern Conference when they host
the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.
The Bruins have been a juggernaut of late, winning nine straight
games, including a 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday in the
opener of this home-and-series.
That win capped a 5-0-0 road trip for Boston, which is on a
23-2-1 run to catapult into first place in the conference with
60 points – nine clear of second-place Washington.
With a perfect road trip to build on, the Bruins now return to
TD Banknorth Garden, where they have won 13 consecutive games.
The team still has some work to do if it hopes to match the
franchise record of 20 consecutive home wins, set during the
While the Bruins seem to be getting production from virtually
every player these days, it was Marc Savard and defenseman
Dennis Wideman who keyed Tuesday’s win in Pittsburgh – each
registered a goal and two assists.
Boston goaltender Tim Thomas continued his stellar play, turning
aside 32 shots to collect his seventh straight win and improve
to 16-3-3 overall.
Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, the NHL scoring leader with 59
points, was held without a point in the loss and captain Sidney
Crosby – second in scoring with 50 points – registered only one
The reigning Eastern Conference champion, Pittsburgh is 4-8-0
over its last dozen games.