This Penguins’ 3-2 victory against Boston at Consol Energy Center Wednesday night does not make up for what the Bruins did to the Penguins in the Eastern Conference final this spring, of course. The stakes weren’t as high as they were in the postseason, and neither was the intensity. But it wasn’t really all that far from it, either. Certainly, it was not just another autumn Wednesday at the rink. “As close (to the playoffs) as you can be in the regular season,” Penguins winger Jussi Jokinen said. Jokinen scored what proved to be the game-winner at 17:58 of the third period, stealing the puck from Boston’s Jordan Caron in the Bruins’ end, then moving toward the net before burying a high shot behind goalie Tuukka Rask. “I read that (Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk) was going to hit their centerman (with a pass) and I was able to get the puck,” Jokinen said. “I had lots of time and was able to get a good shot.” Jokinen’s goal, his sixth of the season, gave the Penguins a 3-1 lead with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. For some opponents, that would have been a death blow. For the Bruins, it was just an upgraded challenge. Boston could teach sled dogs a thing or two about tenacity, and to a man, the Penguins (9-4) said they recognized the perils of relaxing when they went ahead by two. Never even thought about doing it. “We know they’re a good team that can come back in games,” goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. “They’ve done it before, and there was still a lot of time.” Boston needed just 19 seconds of it to make it a one-goal game, as Penguins alum Jarome Iginla hammered a slap shot past Fleury from just inside the blue line.
Penguins hold off Bruins, 3-2
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Oct 31