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Bruins run winning streak to 10

By Mike Petraglia

PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The start of the new year produced the same

old results for the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Bruins responded to a rare early deficit with three straight

goals and Manny Fernandez stopped 30 shots as the Bruins beat

the Penguins, 4-2, for their 10th consecutive win and 14th

straight on home ice.

By improving to 29-5-4, with an NHL-best 62 points, the Bruins

are off to their best 38-game start since the 1929-30 season

when they were 33-4-1.

"The quality of play in front of me right now is just

unbelievable," Fernandez said. "Right now, we're going on a

good note. Hopefully, we can keep those numbers out of our

heads. That's how you keep streaks, you can't think about it too

much."

"I think it's just you like to mold your team to your identity,"

Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "The next day we've really

done a good job of turning the page quickly. We realize we have

a pretty good streak going on right now and we want to make sure

it continues. We're really not looking behind us, looking

forward to the next one coming up."

Sidney Crosby, playing in his 250th career game, was held

scoreless for Pittsburgh, which lost its third straight and

fourth in five games.

"Our effort is there," Crosby said. "It's still not good

enough. We've got to find a way to have the effort, execute and

find a way to win."

The Penguins held a players-only meeting following Tuesday's 5-2

loss to Boston and came out inspired.

"Losing is unacceptable," Crosby said. "I think we all realize

that. If you don't realize that, then your team is in trouble.

I am pretty sure we all realize that, so that is not a worry for

us, I don't think."

The hard skating produced nearly immediate results when Dustin

Jeffrey fired a slap shot from the right point through a screen

and between the pads of Fernandez for his first NHL goal and a

1-0 lead for Pittsburgh.

But the Bruins wasted little time responding, as David Krejci

controlled a bouncing puck in front of the Penguins' net and

slid it past Dany Sabourin 56 seconds later for his 14th of the

season and a 1-1 tie.

The Bruins took a one-goal lead to the first intermission when

P.J. Axelsson, on the power play, knocked his own rebound out of

the air and past Sabourin for his second goal of the season.

Milan Lucic put Boston ahead, 3-1, at 12:25 of the second when

his wrister between the circles beat Sabourin. The goal was

Lucic's 11th of the season.

"We wanted to start off the new year on the right foot," Lucic

said. "It's nice once in a while in a season to have

home-and-home like this. This was a test for us against a good

team like Pittsburgh, who's got so much talent. It's a great

way to start the month and start the year. We're looking to the

challenges ahead."

Pittsburgh drew within 3-2 when Evgeni Malkin controlled a loose

puck just behind the Penguins' blue line. Malkin fired across

ice to Miroslav Satan, who found Ruslan Fedotenko to the right

of Fernandez. Fedotenko put the puck between Fernandez's pads

at 6:20 of the third period.

"Every night it's a different guy overall," Fernandez said.

"Tonight might have been my worst game. I was just battling

from the start. That's just to let you know how well we played

defensively against one of the best teams in the NHL. What it

is, I can't pinpoint exactly. We just get that feeling when we

have to step it up and play better."

The Penguins have stalled on the power play, going scoreless in

five chances on Thursday and their last five games.

"It's frustrating right now," Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney

said. "We've got to do something to win some games here. The

power play hasn't scored in five games. It's getting old to say

you play well but you lose. You have to win. We didn't play

horrible we just didn't win. It doesn't matter how good you

play if you don't win."

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