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Added January 11th, 2011 by Chalk

Penguins Blow Late Lead, Lose to Bruins Again
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The Pittsburgh Penguins, playing their third straight game without concussed captain Sidney Crosby, looked well on their way to snapping a two-game losing skid on Monday night, leading the Boston Bruins 2-0 at home with under 3:30 left in the game. And yet, the Penguins managed to find a way to not even get a point, giving up four quick goals to lose 4-2 in regulation.

It was the second time in two months the Penguins blew a two-goal third period lead to the Bruins at home. Back on November 10, the Bruins rallied for five unanswered third period goals in a 7-4 win in Pittsburgh. That recent history probably played a factor in the Bruins confidence on Monday night. “Going into the third the attitude and emotion in the locker room were really positive,” said Zdeno Chara, who scored Boston’s first goal with 3:13 left in the game. “We all really believed we could come back.”

Just 12 seconds after Chara’s goal, Brad Marchand tied the game with his seventh of the year. With 49.2 seconds left in the game, Mark Recchi put the Bruins in front with a power play goal, then Gregory Campbell finished the scoring with an empty-netter.

Boston broke its own two-game losing streak with Monday night’s comeback win, and helped erase memories of the Bruins last outing, when they blew their own 2-0 lead in the final minutes on Saturday in a 3-2 overtime loss at Montreal.  “If you look back at that last game, what happened in Montreal, you walk out of there saying that those kind of things usually even out,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “We’re pretty pleased that they evened out this quickly.”

The Penguins, now 0-3-0 without Sidney Crosby, say they miss their concussed leader, but weren’t using that as an excuse. “We miss him a lot,” said Pittsburgh’s All-Star defenseman Kris Letang. “Obviously you want him back in your lineup. But it’s not a reason for us to blow a 2-0 lead.”

With the win, the Bruins (22-12-7) opened a two-point lead on Montreal (23-16-3) for first place in the Northeast Division. The Penguins (26-14-4) are one point behind the Philadelphia Flyers (26-10-5) for first place in the Atlantic Division, but have also played three more games than Philly. The Penguins have been struggling even before Crosby’s concussion, and have only won four of their last 10 contests.

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