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Bruins rally late to dump Pens

Jan 11, 2011 - 5:06 AM
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Pittsburgh appeared to be on the verge of victory, but the Boston Bruins pumped in four goals in the final 3:23 of the third period to stun the Penguins, 4-2, at CONSOL Energy Center.

Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand pulled Boston even by scoring 12 seconds apart before greybeard Mark Recchi supplied the go-ahead goal with 49.2 seconds left in regulation. Gregory Campbell's empty-net marker sealed the victory.

"It was a matter of going back out there with confidence in the third," said Boston head coach Claude Julien. "We felt that if we could get that first goal, we could get things going. It took us a while, but the guys believed in that philosophy and we went out there and we did it."

Tuukka Rask needed to make only two of his 23 saves in the third period for Boston, which snapped a two-game losing streak and gained sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division.

Pittsburgh got second-period goals from Michael Rupp and Kris Letang, while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots.

The Penguins have lost three straight and six of eight overall.

Facing a 2-0 deficit, Chara ignited the comeback on the power play. With a boarding penalty to Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik winding down, the Boston captain unloaded a slap shot from the right point that beat Fleury on the glove side.

Marchand lit the lamp at 16:49 to tie it.

After Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal went off for holding, Recchi gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead with his 200th career power-play goal, swatting in the rebound of Michael Ryder's shot.

"They were hungry and they got a couple ugly goals," Rupp said.

Rupp put the Penguins on the board with a backhander from below the right circle at the 11:39 mark of the middle stanza. Letang made it 2-0 at 15:12 with a one-timer through traffic from the left point and Recchi serving a tripping penalty.

Game Notes

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby missed his third straight game with a mild concussion...Campbell, Patrice Bergeron and Dennis Seidenberg each collected two assists for Boston...Recchi played in his 1,612th NHL game, tying him with Ray Bourque for eighth place on the all-time list...Boston forward Marc Savard played in his 800th NHL game...Defenseman Matt Bartkowski, a Pittsburgh native, made his NHL debut for the Bruins...Boston improved to 7-1-1 against the Atlantic Division this season.