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Bruins run winning streak to 10

Jan 2, 2009 - 4:18 AM 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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    BOSTON 2 1 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - DUSTIN JEFFREY 1 (ALEX GOLIGOSKI, TIM WALLACE) 2:59
    BOS - DAVID KREJCI 14 (BLAKE WHEELER, MICHAEL RYDER) 4:05
    BOS - (PP) P.J. AXELSSON 2 (MARC SAVARD, DENNIS WIDEMAN)
    9:24
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    PITTSBURGH 2
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    3RD PRD: PIT - RUSLAN FEDOTENKO 10 (MIROSLAV SATAN, EVGENI MALKIN)
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    BOSTON 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - DUSTIN JEFFREY 1 (ALEX GOLIGOSKI, TIM WALLACE) 2:59
    BOS - DAVID KREJCI 14 (BLAKE WHEELER, MICHAEL RYDER) 4:05
    BOS - (PP) P.J. AXELSSON 2 (MARC SAVARD, DENNIS WIDEMAN)
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    PITTSBURGH 1
    BOSTON 3
    2ND PRD: BOS - MILAN LUCIC 11 (STEPHANE YELLE, CHUCK KOBASEW) 12:25

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    BOSTON 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PIT - DUSTIN JEFFREY 1 (ALEX GOLIGOSKI, TIM WALLACE) 2:59
    BOS - DAVID KREJCI 14 (BLAKE WHEELER, MICHAEL RYDER) 4:05
    BOS - (PP) P.J. AXELSSON 2 (MARC SAVARD, DENNIS WIDEMAN)
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    1ST PRD: BOS - (PP) P.J. AXELSSON 2 (MARC SAVARD, DENNIS WIDEMAN) 9:24

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    PITTSBURGH 1
    BOSTON 1
    1ST PRD: BOS - DAVID KREJCI 14 (BLAKE WHEELER, MICHAEL RYDER) 4:05

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    1ST PRD: PIT - DUSTIN JEFFREY 1 (ALEX GOLIGOSKI, TIM WALLACE) 17:01

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