Shots on Goal: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Boston Bruins
In what could be considered an inconsequential game with both teams locked in the playoffs, Pittsburgh and Boston gave their starters a night off and sent out backups Brent Johnson and Marty Turco to do battle as Pittsburgh defeated Boston 5-3 Tuesday night.
Johnson’s Penguins staked him to an early 2-0 lead with goals from Sidney Crosby, his 5th in 12 games since returning from concussion-like symptoms and Paul Martin.
Benoit Pouliot cut the lead to 2-1 late in the first period when he found a seam on the short side of Johnson and dropped a backhander into the back of the net. Eighteen seconds into the next frame David Krejci skated in front of Johnson then dropped a no look pass to to Milan Lucic coming up behind him on left wing that caught a diving Johnson out of postion to tie the game at 2 a piece.
The Penguins, with a 2 man advantage, took a 3-2 lead at 18:11 when James Neal grabbed a rebound from a Chris Kunitz shot and snapped it top shelf glove side past Turco. Eight seconds later, and still with a man advantage, Crosby added his 7 tally of the season tipping a Kris Letang pass into a wide open net to extend the lead to 4-2.
Final Period goals by Rich Peverly (Bos) and Arron Ashom (Pit) rounded out the scoring.
Brent Johnson (5-7-2) finished the night with 27 saves for his 5th win of the season
Turco (2-2-0), in what was probably his last start in a Bruins sweater, stopped 22 of 27 shots.
With Tuukka Rask still nursing a groin injury, Anton Khudobin has been called up from Providence to take over Turco’s spot when the playoffs start. In 44 games with the P-Bruins “doby” posted a 21-19-3 record with 2 shutouts.