The Boston Bruins won their 10th game in a row, and their second straight game against Pittsburgh, as they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 in Boston. The Bruins have not lost at home since losing two in a row in October. The October 20th and 23rd loses to the Penguins and the Toronto Maple Leafs are the Bruins only home losses this season. Only the Leafs have defeated Boston at home in regulation.
The loss was Pittsburgh's third straight. They've lost four of their last five games. Once again the power play was a problem for Pittsburgh. The Penguins have not scored a power play goal in their last five games. Their last goal with the man advantage was during their December 22nd victory against Buffalo.
Sidney Crosby was held scoreless once again. Alexander Ovechkin has now taken second place in league scoring. He has two points more than Crosby but eight less than leader Evgeni Malkin.
The Penguins are now a point away from falling out of a playoff spot. They currently sit in seventh place with 42 points. The Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes both have 41.
The Penguins had a chance to tie up the game on the power play with just over five minutes left, but they could not score.
Something needs to be done with the Penguins power play. It's been incredibly ineffective recently. The good news is that Sergei Gonchar is back on the ice. His return will not be for at least a month or two, but it cannot come soon enough for the Penguins.
The good news is that the effort was there yesterday. This wasn't a case of the team being outworked. However it was a case of the team being unable to score, which could be an even more distressing reality. Any team with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the power play should be able to score.
Friday, January 02, 2009
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