Sunday, January 22, 2017

Penguins spank Bruins 5-1

Boston Bruins @ Pittsburgh Penguins game recap video, on January 22, 2017.
Not much to say about this ugly game but the really good team beat the average team in this one, with the Penguins beating the Bruins 5-1. The Bruins have now lost four straight games.

Claude is frustrated, just like the fans are
After the game Bruins coach Claude Julien had some comments for his team, particularly calling out the players not trying hard enough. Hopefully this wakes them up, but since they haven't already, I doubt it will which is sad. Julien's comments can also maybe be seen as a message to management, get me better players, and I would have to agree with that.
"It's frustrating. There's a lot of guys right now that aren't giving us enough. This is a team that needs all 20 guys going in order to win. We don't have enough talent to think that we can get away with a mediocre game," Julien said. "This is where it's important for our guys to understand that and it's important to have 20 guys who want to go."

"It's OK to have talent, but you've got to compete. And for others, you've got get involved. You've got to be willing to do the things that are not fun to do but are going to help your hockey club. It's too bad because I think the players that we expect a lot out of every night are certainly battling every night. But we need more than that."

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened.

In the second period, Penguins Bryan Rust scored, giving the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Later, Penguins Conor Sheary scored, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead. Later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 11th goal of the season, cutting the Penguins lead to 2-1.

In the third period, Penguins Patric Hornqvist scored, giving the Penguins a 3-1 lead. Less than two minutes later, Penguins Conor Sheary scored again, giving the Penguins a 4-1 lead. Less than two minutes later, Penguins Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal, giving the Penguins a 5-1 lead. With less than a minute left in the game, Bruins Matt Beleskey dropped the gloves with Penguins Scott Wilson and they had a short nothing fight.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask came out of the game a little past halfway in the second period because he was having a bad migraine that was affecting his vision. Rask made 20 saves on 22 shots. Rask is now 22-12-0-4 with a 2.11 GAA and a .920 save percentage this season. Backup goalie Zane McIntyre came in after Rask left and played the rest of the game, making 11 saves on 14 shots. McIntyre now has a 3.95 GAA and a .860 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game with a 52% faceoff percentage and shots 45-36. The Penguins led the game in hits 33-30 and blocked shots 27-7. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Penguins went 1-for-1.

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 7 shots each. Riley Nash led the Bruins with 6 hits. David Backes led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots.

Jimmy Hayes and Kevan Miller (concussion) were scratched for the Bruins.

On Saturday, the Bruins sent forward Anton Blidh down to Providence (AHL). This is no surprise as Blidh hasn't really done much in the 19 games he's played this season (one goal and an interference major).

Three stars of the game
1) Penguins forward Conor Sheary
2) Penguins goalie Matt Murray
3) Penguins forward Sidney Crosby

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 23-21-6 with 52 points this season and are in 3rd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 3-5-2 in their last 10 games and their road record is now 13-9-6 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday, when they host the Detroit Red Wings, at 7pm ET.

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